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Asia - China
30 June 2010

Monk in the Tibetan highlands around Shangri-la, near Da Bao monastery

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During the weeks that we spent in Shangri-la, we killed time with a hike to hot springs in the mountains around Shangri-la. After an hour's drive into the mountains (where it was considerably colder that I had expected) it was only a short walk to the Da Bao monastery, a far from touristic destination that gave us a nice peak into what it really looks like in these monasteries. We walked on among the hills, creeks and yellow fields, through little villages with angrily barking dogs and sweetly posing old ladies with incredible amounts of wood on their backs.

We made a stopover for lunch at a traditional Tibetan home for some yak butter tea - that was far from horrible unlike what everybody had always made me believe - and a terribly packed lunch. Nevertheless, the experience with the family was fantastic.

Arriving at the Xiagei hot springs we joyfully relaxed in the comfortably hot water, but we came out as walking zombies with no energy left, which apparently had to do with the combination of the hot baths and the altitude.