The stunning mountains of China – Laojun Mountain

Famous throughout China for its beauty, the 2,217-meter tall Laojun Mountain is also known as the final resting place of Laozi, the founder of Taoism. Laojun MountainTo get to the top of Laojun Mountain, travelers can take a 17-minute cable ride from She Shen Ya (the cliff on Laojun Mountain where the air bags were collected) or can walk a 10-kilometer (6 miles)  trail. Shi Li Hua Bing, meaning “10-mile painted screen,” is a newly developed tourist spot in the Laojun Mountain Nature Reserve.

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The nature reserve is a combination of Taoist culture and natural beauty. The scenic area is scattered with 16 Taoist temples. Six of them have been renovated for visitors.

Blue Moon Valley, China

Blue Moon Valley area is also called Shika Snow Mountain area it is located in the southwestern Shangri-La it is about 7km away from Shangril-La county with about 15 min driving. In history, this lofty mountain stood between two important cities of Shengchuan Prefecture of Tubo Kingdom: Dukezong in the east and Tacheng in the west. Therefore, the mountain was the pass connecting Tubo and Nanzhao Kingdom in Dali. Blue Moon Valley, ChinaShangri-La is a fictional place described in the 1933 novel Lost Horizon by British author James Hilton. Hilton describes Shangri-La as a mystical, harmonious valley, gently guided from a lamasery, enclosed in the western end of the Kunlun Mountains.

On December 2, 2010, OPB televised one of Martin Yan’s Hidden China episodes “Life in Shangri-La”, in which Yan said that “Shangri-La” is the actual name of a real town in the hilly and mountainous region in northwestern Yunnan Province, frequented by both Han and Tibetan locals. Martin Yan visited arts and craft shops, local farmers as they harvest crops, and sampled their cuisine.

Adorable puppies huddle round canteen fire on a cold day in China – and bark non-stop until the stove is lit

These pictures are enough to bring a warm glow to even the coldest of hearts. Despite their thick fur, this group of dogs and puppies in China feel the cold. Luckily, in the winter, they’re allowed to huddle round a staff canteen stove in their home in Jiulongjiang Forest Park, Rucheng County. According to the chefs that work there, on really cold days the puppies bark non-stop until the stove is lit. They then stand as close as they dare to keep toasty.

No chilly dogs here: Hounds in Jiulongjiang Forest Park huddle around a canteen stove to keep warmpuppies-around-fire

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