Singapore Students Group

Day 1 Singapore–Kunming– Lijiang

We will be picked up from the airport and transfer to the hotel in Shuhe oldtown. Overnight in Lijiang Shuhe Yuanmeng Jiayuan Hostel.

Day 2 Lijiang – Shangri-la – Bisong Gu village

Drive from Lijiang along the Yangtze to Qiaotou town for 2 hours. We will then continue driving to Shangri-la 2 hours. After lunch in Shangri-la we will be going down to project village. We will settle down in a local family for home stay. Later we will have a briefing and allocation of the work.

 

Day 3-Day 5 Project site

Start on Project and working on the waste pit. Homestay

 

Day 7 – Day8 – Day 9 Project site

Continue working on the waste pit and finish the project. Homestay

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Day 10 Nature Exploration

Day hike from Bisong Gu village to Trinyi village. Stay in Desti Park Youth Hostel for 1 night. Desti Park Youth Hostel

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Day 11: Drive to Shangrila town and walk around to explore the old town. Afternoon we will learn the Thangka painting for 1-2 hours. Later we will drive back to Bisong Gu village. Homestay

Day 12: Free and easy, later prepare for the farewell dinner.

 

Day 13 Lijiang

Driving from Shangrila to Lijiang with 4 hours. Stay overnight in Lijiang.  Overnight in Lijiang Home Inn.

 

Thanks for your visit!!

Chinese American International School

During April we received our friends from the Chinese International School

Itinerary

Monday April 3rd Day 3 Lijiang / Shangrila

Meet with our guides in Lijiang ! Orientation -including health, safety, detailed procedures, and background information on local destinations !

Drive from Lijiang along the Yangtze to Qiaotou town for 2 hours. We will visit the Tiger Leaping Gorge and trek there for about 2-3 hours and drive to Shangrila in the afternoon.

Tuesday April 4th Day 4 Shangrila

Morning we will drive to Songzanlin Monastery, the largest Tibetan monastery in Yunnan, where we add our prayer flags to the thousands of hung colored cloths embellished with Buddhist sutras.  We follow the pilgrims on the kora (pilgrim’s path) around the monastery.   We cap our visit with a private audience with a top lama in his chambers and also meet with little monks to know about their monasteic life !  Songzanlin is often called “Little Potala” for its resemblance of the Potala Palace in Lhasa, the former home of the Dalai Lamas. We will later walk around the oldtown and have lunch there.

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Afternoon is for you to explore around the old town to get to know about the history of Shangrila old town, get to know about the fire and things happening after the fire!

 

Wednesday April 5th Day 5

Today we will drive to Trinyi village which is about 15 minutes drive from the town. We will first settle down with the homestay arrangement. Then we will have the house class – You will visit 2 particular houeses to understand the architecture of Tibetan houses. It will be one old style house, and one new style house in the village.

After lunch in home stay family. We will have farming Class – It is for you to get to know the local farming work, you will go down to the filed to understand the crops they are growing, how it helps for local village’s life, and what’s change of past and present in what they grow.

Later to have a herding Class – It is for you to get to know about Tibetan’s herding life. You will find how they depend on the cattle in daily life and the changes through out of the time. Homestay

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Thursday-Friday April 6th – April 7th Day 6 – Day 7

We will spend 2 half days at the school to interact with local students. (Ringa Community Nursery School is possible to visit as long as it is open, we will arrange 2 halfdays to visit the school)

We will spend the other 2 half days in Trinyi village and help out with following things:

  1. 田里施肥
  2. 种土豆
  3. 捡牛粪
  4. 松土
  5. 放牛
  6. 收牛

Saturday 8th Day 8

We will spend 1 more day at the village to help out below things or to have different activities with local kids since they are at home on Saturday, it could be a basketball match with local students!

1.田里施肥

2.种土豆

3.捡牛粪

4.松土

5.放牛

6.收牛

Saturday night would be cultural night with local people from the village to talk about American farmer’s life (We have projector and screen)

Sunday – Monday –Tuesday April 9th -10th -11th Day 9 – Day 10-Day 11

Thangka Painting Program in Thangka Center. Learning the basic Thangka Painting with the local Thangka Masters with 3 mornings.

April 9th Afternoon we will drive to Shika Mountain and take the cable car to get to the top. If weather permitting, we can visit several Snow Mountain from far view.

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Stay in Guesthouse in Oldtown. ( It is not possible to get students price for cable car tickets , it is 220yuan per person )

April 10th Afternoon we will visit Napa Lake which is the winter ground for the black necked cranes.

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April 11th Afternoon, we will drive to the north to Nixi village. We will visit Tangtoe village where Tibetans are making pottery, and we will also get our hands on that to experience of making the pottery.

Wednesday – Thursday April 12th – April 13th Day 12 – Day 13

2-day trek with 1 night camping.  Camping on 12th

Then we will drive back to Trinyi village for homestay on 13th. .

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Evening we will have traditional dancing party and local hotpot dinner with host family. Homestay

Thanks for coming!!

Trinity University Research Group

“Thank you so much for organizing this research trip for us. Our group of faculty and students wanted to study the fauna and flora of Shangrila and you made it possible for us. You arranged the best possible research locations, and insightful meetings with local scholars and researchers. You also took good care of finding wonderful lodging and providing exquisite local food for us. You arranged for us visits to museums and temples, and even a chance to visit local families. This allowed us to learn much more than we could have ever dreamed of. Many thanks for making our stay in Shangrila the best experience ever, and for making us feel there like we feel at home.”

Tour Leader

During the month of June we had the special visit of a group of 7 Researchers from Trinity University who wanted to study the flora and Fauna of Shangrila:

We planned a special Itinerary for this group, so that they were able to research the areas of their interest: we had two days of study at Pudatso National Park; we me Gongba from Shangrila Institute, .who showed us their project site in Napa Lake and talk about the different projects they are doing in the area; we visited the Shangrila High Mountain Botanical Garden, accompanied by one of the local plant experts; we met with a local herder from Bulum Village  at the pasture area in Napa Lake and we visited Yila grassland.

 

We also met with a Thangka painting Master in Shangrila Association of Cultural Preservation, who talked us about Thangka painting (Tibetan Art), and introduced us in the basics of this traditional painting style:

We hope to see you soon again in our beloved Shangrila and its grasslands!

 

 

Australian Students Group China Expedition Project Brief

During December last year we had the visit of a group of 19 students from Australia who did a Tiger Leaping Gorge trek and a watse pit project in Trinyi village

Project: The China Expedition team has built a waste pit for the community of Trinyi in Shangrila. Community Description: Shangri-La also known as Gyalthang in Tibetan. Trinyi Village (Project location) is in the western part of Shangrila County in the northwest central portion of Yunnan Province. Located just 6 kilometers from the Shangrila County seat.There are more than 53 Family with 256 people in the village, the village is surrounded by mountain and barley field. People always wearing their traditional custom and speak mainly Kham Tibetan and a little Chinese.

Each household typically has at least 3 generations living together. Because of geographic conditions, a semi-agriculture society has been the dominant lifestyle in the village for centuries. Many families raise livestock. Each family runs more than 10 animals include yaks, Dri( female Yak) Dzos (cross animal) sheep, horses, pig and chickens. The majority of agricultural yields are consumed locally. Locals earn a living largely through manual labor such as construction, harvesting local mushrooms and medicines that has been planted in recent years. Women in the area generally stay at home and manage the homestead and also supplement the family income through selling livestock and products such as butter, yak by-products and dried cheese. All the houses are traditional Tibetan house, constructed with earth and wood with 2 floors, (tradtinaly the downstair part is for animals and second floor is for people, now both floors are for people to live and they build small hut for animals closed to the houses).

This projected implications is very important for the local Environment. Currently, there are very few waste pits in the village that local people can disposal their life garbage. The garbage is thrown everywhere including into the river. Traditionally, Tibetans are using all kinds of natural friendly containers such as the wooden bowls, bamboo basket, leather bags that has no harmful to the environment. In recent 10 years, they have started using the modern plastic bags, glasses and bottles. Because the most village residents are technically illiterate. The official illiteracy rate is 85%. Children are getting the family education through generations and doing what the elders have been doing through the years. They have no awareness of these life garbage would harmful to the land. They are throwing these garbage as traditionally to everywhere. Therefore, a waste pit changed their behavior , a very important behavior that can make big change to their life. The waste pit the group built can burn the garbage at the same time. The group completed some of the following task in project days:

 Dig foundations and lay rocks and cement

 Move the bricks to the project site

 Complete brick walls

 Paint

 Paint the wall

 Start with the drawings on the wall

We also did a fantastic trek in Tiger Leaping Gorge:

 

 

Chinese American International School Trip

During April we had the visit of the Chinese American International School to Shangri La. We, from the April 2nd to April 15th.

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We visited Kunming and Lijiang, after which we drove along the Yangtze to Qiaotou town for 2 hours. We visited the Tiger Leaping Gorge and trek there for about 2-3 hours and then drove to Shangrila in the afternoon.

In Shangrila we visited Songzanlin Monastery, the largest Tibetan monastery in Yunnan, where we added our prayer flags to the thousands of hung colored cloths embellished with Buddhist sutras. Songzanlin is often called “Little Potala” for its resemblance of thePotalaPalaceinLhasa, the former home of the Dalai Lamas.

We also visited Napa Nature Reserve for the black-necked cranes.

We did a homestay at Trinyi village, where we visited  2 particular houses in order to understand the architecture of Tibetan houses.  We also had a farming Class, a herding Class, a cultural night with people from the village, and we spent 2 and a half days at the village school to interact with local students.

At Trinyi village we helped  with following things:

  1. 田里施肥
  2. 种土豆
  3. 捡牛粪
  4. 松土
  5. 放牛
  6. 收牛

We also held a 2 days Thangka Painting Program in Thangka Center, learning the basic Thangka Painting with the local Thangka Masters.

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Finally we did a 2-day trek with 1 night camping after which we had a traditional dancing party and local hotpot dinner with host family.