Huangshi Village (Huángshí Zhài, 黄石寨), the name of which means "Yellow Lion Village," is the highest village in the Zhangjiajie area. The village actually sits on top of a 1,200 m (3,937 ft) high plateau, allowing for a fantastic view of the surrounding vicinity. Besides the majestic stone pillars scattered about, below the village lie the waters of Golden Whip Brook and the ancient Heizongnao Forest (Hēizōngnǎo, 黑棕脑). The trek or cable car up to the village offer a very scenic journey, and at the top..
Jinghong (Jǐnghóng, 景洪) is the capital of the Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture in the far southern tip of Yunnan Province. Xishuangbanna borders southeast Asia, and there is a noticeble Thai and Laotian influence on the region and the city. The land along the Lancang River, which becomes the Mekong River south of the Chinese border, is lush and sultry. This whole region is a biodiversity hotspot that gets washed down during the Water Splashing Festival (and torrential spring rains) every April—just like in all of the..
Tagong Town and the Lhagang Grasslands present a great opportunity for travelers who do not have the time to go deep into Ganzi, but still want to leave the border town of Kangding and see some "real" Tibetans. As late as 2008, Tagong was still a one street town with just as many hoirses and motorcycles. Today the town has grown to about 1 1/2 streets with just many more vehicles, restaurants and small hostels. The Tagong Monastery is one of the most famous in Ganzi, due to the Sakyamuni Buddha figure that has been housed..