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Balagzon, the place where the Shangri-La dream began



Balagzon may be unfamiliar to you when you hear this word, but you must have heard of Shangri-La. You heard that Shangri-La is a fairyland very early on. People describe it too much with the Garden of Eden. It is an ideal deification place, and Balagzon is hidden in a deep canyon of Shangri-La, there are snow-capped mountains, lakes, clouds, waterfalls, Gangqu River and Millennium Bodhi, which constitute a wonderful picture. If the Garden of Eden is used to describe Shangri-La, then Balagzon must be the garden in the garden.



11.JPGSpeaking of Yunnan, it is not the first time to go to Yunnan, but Shangri-La is the first time I have to fly directly from Chengdu to Shangri-La for more than an hour. When the plane has not landed, what I see are snow-capped mountains, lakes, clouds and green trees. I can't restrain my excitement. The place closest to heaven is so beautiful. This trip is just to meet you in the most beautiful season when azaleas bloom! Just to remember your beautiful face!
Meet-Shangri-La Balagzon


I learned about the story here from a documentary called "Return". This is a true and touching story. A Kangba man named Snadin Zhu is changing everything here with his real actions. Once this was an isolated ancient village-Shambhala Village. Local people need to walk on the post road dug by people for a week to get out of this mountain, the life of the villagers is extremely difficult. When he was 9 years old, the Kangba man walked out of the mountain with his father for the first time. The beauty of all the new things in the outside world gave him an idea that he must change the situation here through his own efforts. He believes that such a magnificent beauty will one day be displayed in front of the world. At the age of 13, he plucked up the courage to walk out of the mountain again with only a little savings, with a grateful heart and this persistent dream. Through years of ups and downs and experiences, he was changing everything here little by little with practical actions. He had failed and suffered in the middle, but the spirit of the Kangba people was as indestructible as the towering Shambhala mountain.


Nowadays, the road to heaven is no longer just a distant dream. There are convenient roads here, shuttling between the high and grand canyons to the scenic area, and closely connecting Shambhala village with the outside world. As long as you get off the plane, it will take more than an hour to get here.14.JPG

5.JPGShangri-La Grand Canyon-Balagzong Eco-tourism Scenic Spot is located in the Sichuan-Yunnan-Tibet Plateau. It is one of the core scenic spots in the Hongshan area of the "Three Parallel Rivers" World Natural Heritage. It is 55 kilometers away from Shangri-La Airport and has a total area of 176 square kilometers. Balagzong Snow Mountain is the highest peak in Shangri-La County, with an altitude of 5545 meters and the lowest peak 2000 meters above sea level, with a relative height difference of 3545 meters. The terrain and climate are complex, including the three-dimensional ecological types and landscape resources of all natural vertical zones from the dry-hot valley of the "Three Parallel Rivers" World Natural Heritage Site in northwest Yunnan to the modern glacier zone.20.JPG



All the way straight to the 4A Balag Grand Canyon Scenic Area, through a stone gate, will reach the inside of the scenic area, stay in the scenic area of the Tibetan ecological hotel, surrounded by the mountain and water environment, completely surrounded by the canyon, the whole hotel in accordance with the 5-star standard facilities construction, typical Tibetan decoration style, strong local characteristics, as soon as the car, the beautiful Kangba woman warmly welcomed Hada, there is a kind of home-like warmth, the murals in the hotel lobby and the exquisitely priceless Thangka are amazing. Comfortable and spacious room, lie down and don't want to wake up, sit on the snow mountain elegant sleep in the dream.8.JPG

The bus in the scenic spot runs up the Gangqu River. The terrain of the canyon is steep, which is different from the general V-shaped canyon. The canyons here are all U-shaped, with tall stone mountains almost perpendicular to the ground. The road leading to Shambhala Village and Snow Mountain must climb a 32-bend canyon road, which is said to be the only road with the most bends in the country.12.JPG



There are gorges in the gorge. If you climb over every high mountain, you will always find different surprises. If you hadn't seen it with your own eyes, it would be hard to imagine that there is such a poetic and pictorial pastoral scenery hidden in the depths of such a tall canyon. This is the Kangba tribe-Shambhala village with a legendary history of thousands of years. The whole village is very small. The locals live a peaceful life in isolation.13.JPG

The white pagoda prayer flags at the foot of the snow mountain of gezong dance with the wind, telling the legend of Shambhala for thousands of years.9.JPG

The thick snow on the roadside is of different shapes. It looks like a Kangba woman with long hair from the side, looking into the depths of the canyon, waiting for her husband to return.6.JPG
Shambhala Snow Mountain looks like a pyramid, standing under the blue sky and white clouds in white snow. Legend has it that an old lama came here with a Ram in search of heaven. Attracted by the beautiful scenery here, he became an immortal here and finally turned into a Buddha Tower Mountain, guarding this peaceful holy land and paradise, as well as the home of Shambhala people.3.JPG
Balagzon, the place where this dream began, has now become an ideal paradise. Nature is so sentimentally attached to this hot land and gave the most beautiful appearance to the Balagzon, but how fortunate I am that I have left my footprints in this virgin land where few people have set foot, and I feel the Balagzon. The surprise and shock brought to me.
Practical Travel TIPS

1. Snow mountain is a sacred mountain. You can't point at it with one finger. You need to point at it with your palm and your palm facing up.

2. The climate in the plateau area is dry, the skin is easy to sunburn, and the mouth is easy to dry and crack. Please do a good job of sun protection when visiting.

3. Scenic buses are generally equipped with oxygen tanks in case of emergency. If you have a high-risk friend, please take Rhodiola and other drugs to prevent high-risk before departure.

4. The temperature difference between morning and evening is large, so do a good job in keeping out the cold. The weather forecast in the mountains is not very accurate, and raincoats are also necessary.

5. There are many detours on the road from Shangri-La County to the scenic spot. It is easy to get carsick. Remember to bring carsick medicine.
6. Pay attention to safety when hiking in the canyon and pay attention to falling rocks at any time.

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Le Tu travel columnist, a number of websites travel talent, photographer, where to go to sleep.. During the ten years of travel, he has traveled to almost all provinces in China and more than 20 countries and regions on three continents. Obsession with travel, taste food, photography is my life; sharing the beautiful is my attitude, follow my footsteps and the camera to explore the unknown world.

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The current outbreak, the responsibility is on the shoulder, Balagzon in action!

Since the outbreak of the epidemic in Tibet on August 7, 2022, a large number of tourists from Tibet to Yunnan have entered Shangri-La from National Highway 214. The People's Government of Diqing Prefecture has issued a series of relevant policies and measures and actively responded. Medical staff, police and other front-line personnel stick to the front line, have been involved in the "war of resistance" of the epidemic without gunpowder smoke, and jointly participate in dealing with a major public health security incident faced by mankind.