Getting There - From the Information centre at Dukezong Ancient Town, get on a bus at 09:00. There is no need to book, we just showed up and it seems there are so many options. Tickets were ¥220 for a round trip to Balagezong Grand Canyon and includes the entry to the scenic area. It is about an hour and a half drive through a pass - the views are spectacular which makes the long drive worth it!
Attractions - After arriving, the bus will stop at each scenic spot, all you have to do is get off and take in the great views and nature!
Food & Restaurants - There are plenty of local food options to choose from but I would recommend trying the small tea house. They serve trafitional Tibetan butter tea, vinegar wine - as they call it (tastes like spirits or similar to vodka to me) and dried yak meat. We tried the fried fermented milk, butter tea, buckweat bread and yak meat which was enough and rich in flavor!
At around 17:30, you get back on the bus after seeing 5 different scenic spots and arrive back at Dukezong Ancient Town at around 19:00. There was never a minute where we felt rushed, bored or didn’t know what to do! This trip layout is perfect for any local or tourist and a must do!
Shangri-la in Yunnan province is no doubt a beautiful place to visit. It’s one of the most well known tourist heaven so many sites are popular and sometimes crowded. I have visited there twice before so I wanted to see something lesser known. Owner of our hotel recommended Balagezong National Park to us, which turned out to be my favorite spot of the trip. The road to and inside the park was personally financed by a former villager lived inside this valley, who determined to improve life of those still in the village. It was done and opened to public as a national park only around 10 years ago, which is comparatively new in Shangri-la. Scenery inside the park is simply stunning. Designated tourist bus brought us first to the top of the valley to enjoy the view from above. The hanging walkway built on rock looked scary but it offered an excellent view of the massive gorge, which lead us to a glass bottom viewing platform. Be prepared if you are scared of height. Final stop was deep down the gorge, walking along the river on the beautiful walkway was healing and brought us close to nature. Highly recommended for everyone who plans to visit Shangri-la.
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The most beautiful road is in Shangri-La's Balaguezong
Yunnan Brigade Festival Shangri-La's second stop. In the morning, it takes 2 hours from the ancient city of Duke Zonghua Lane to reach Balagzon, and nearly an hour and nine songs. The bend went up to the Shambhala Pagoda. The success of this most beautiful road construction is simply a legend!
The huge altitude difference makes the valley flow down the river, the mountainside forest is dense, the mountain pasture is quiet, the lake is peaceful, the mountain snow mountain is sacred...the canyon, the river, the waterfall, the rock, the snow mountain, the grassland, the lake in the para Gezong has it!
Remember to experience the suspended glass platform and the zip line of the Leaping Gorge. Step on the mountain and river
Punch Shangri-La Holy Land The Balaguezong Grand Canyon
Balgzon Grand Canyon, also known as the Shangri-La Grand Canyon, is picturesque, tranquil and mysterious. There are deep canyons, winding snow-capped mountains, dense vegetation, steep rock faces, and millennial linden trees and naturally formed stupas. It is said that the Blue Moon Canyon described in "The Lost Horizon" is here. In the hearts of local Tibetans, Balaguezong is the place where the gods live.
Balagezong Grand Canyon offers breathtaking natural scenery. Here, you can visit the deep canyon, the awe-inspiring snowy mountains. You can choose to kayak in the valley, or visit the primitive, photogenic ancient Tibetan villages. You will also see a thousand-year Bodhi tree, the branch of which resembles human palms. It's quite fantastic. The naturally-formed Buddhist tower is also a special attraction in the park. You have to trek from the end of the Jiala village road in order to visit the Buddhist tower.
You can board the sightseeing buses from the entrance of Balagezhong Grand Canyon, to Bala village, and then to the cliffs. The tickets to the scenic area are inclusive of the sightseeing buses.
1. Tourists at Deqin (Town) or Meili Snow Mountain should visit the Balagezhong Grand Canyon as it is along the way. 2. If you are walk touring the Canyon, it is advisable to wear comfortable and anti-slip shoes and also do bring your own food and water as well as raingear.