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The heart of Guangzhou's former European concession—France and England both set up shop on this sandy river island in 1859 toward the end of the Opium Wars—Shamian Island...


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Located at the foot of Foping Mountain (Fúpíng Shān 佛屏山) just near Zhongdian, Songzanlin Temple (Sōngzànlín Sì, 松赞林寺), also known as the Ganden Sumtseling Monastery, is the largest Buddhist monastery in Yunnan, and is modeled closely on the Potala Palace in Lhasa. Originally built in 1679, the Songzanlin complex, ordained and inhabited by the fifth Dalai Lama, sits at an elevation of 3,300 m (10,827 ft) and boasts three temples and an eight-meter-high statue of Sakyamuni. Home..

Sitting at 3,270 m (10,728 ft) above sea level, the Napahai Nature Reserve (Nàpàhǎi Zìrán Bǎohùqū, 纳帕海自然保护区) is home to a wide range of indigenous wildlife, including the black-necked crane, a bird revered by the Buddhist tradition and found almost exclusively in the Tibetan Plateau. Located 8 km (5 mi) to the northwest of Shangri-La County, the reserve sits on the convergence of 10 local rivers, creating the largest grassland in the county. Horseback riding is quite popular here with many locals offering rides..

The perennial snow-capped Baimang Snow Mountain (Báimáng Xuěshān, 白茫雪山) is located in the midst  of the Hengdgun Mountain range between deep canyons carved by the Jinsha and Lancang rivers.   Baimang Mountain spreads over 187,977 hectares (464,501 acres) with the main peak rising 5,640 m (18,504 ft) above sea level. As the name implies, the mountain is topped by snow all year around. Surrounding the mountain is Yunnan's largest and highest national reservation area, the Baimang Mountain Nature..

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