Xiangbala Circuit | Must-visit places along the Sichuan-Yunnan Border Secret Journey (Part 1)

In Tibetan Buddhism, there is a Kingdom of Bliss called Shambhala. Whether the kingdom exists or not is still a matter of debate, but in reality, Shambhala does exist and is located at the junction of Sichuan, Yunnan, and Tibet. The Shambhala Ring not only includes diverse natural landscapes but also intertwines with unique and profound local customs. Come and discover the natural beauty of Shambhala!

In the ancient city of Lijiang, you can not only see well-preserved old streets and alleys, but also experience the local customs and culture. The ancient city is located within the urban area and only takes a ten-minute drive. There are 8 parking lots nearby, making parking very convenient.

Jade Dragon Snow Mountain

Yulong Snow Mountain is the southernmost snow mountain in China, with a total of 13 peaks. Visitors can take a cable car up the mountain. From the high vantage point, Yulong Snow Mountain is a spectacular sight with its snow-covered peaks and glaciers.
Every winter, there are a large number of water birds coming to Lashi Lake for wintering. From November to January of the following year, it is the period of bird migration. Tens of thousands of migratory birds winter here, attracting many bird species and photography enthusiasts to come and watch and shoot.
Compared to the bustling Lijiang Ancient Town with many people, Shuhe Ancient Town has fewer tourists, is quieter, and still retains the charm of the ancient Tea Horse Road. Shuhe Ancient Town is about 8 kilometers away from the downtown area of Lijiang, with only a 26-minute drive. Shuhe Ancient Town is one of the birthplaces of the caravan culture in the Ming and Qing dynasties, and is also part of the Lijiang Ancient Town.

Lugu Lake Scenic Area

Lugu Lake is located at the junction of Ninglang County in Yunnan Province and Yanyuan County in Sichuan Province, and belongs to the corner of Sichuan and Yunnan co-governance. Its altitude is 2690 meters, making it the highest lake in Yunnan. Here, the sky and the lake seem to be only a thin line apart.

Walking Marriage Bridge

The walking marriage bridge in Caohai is about 25 minutes drive from the observation deck. In the past, the Mosuo men and women often met here, so this only 300-meter-long wooden bridge is also called the 'number one magpie bridge in the world.'