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The old town, Shangri-La

My high altitude sickness got much better in the morning, so we walked around the old town in Shangri-La in the morning and took a bus to Tiger Leaping Gorge.

On the way to Tiger Leaping Gorge, the man sat next to us talked to us and invited us to stay at his home that night because he told us we already missed the bus from the Tiger Leaping Gorge town to Tiger Leaping Gorge. Then, a young lady, who is the man's friend, got on the bus and invited us to stay at her home too. Finally we decided to follow the girl.

The girl's name is Xiaoqin. She is only 23 years old but she is already the principal of two kindergartens. Before she took us to her home, she showed us one of her kindergarten in Tiger Leaping Gorge town.

Kids just woke up from their afternoon break
We met many lovely Han, Tibetan, Bai, Miao etc. kids. We stayed there for an hour, had a lesson with them and play with them.

Xiaoqin invited two more teachers from her kindergarten to have dinner together at her home and his father gave us a ride. Her home is way over the top of the mountain. It took more than half an hour from the ground to her home and the car was bumping all around in the rough and undulating trail. It was a disaster! But, when we arrived her home, Oh God! What a wonderful view and nice house!

Her house has three buildings, two built in traditional Tibetan style (one for animal and one for human) and the other one is very modern. It is unbeliveable that Xiaoqing home is so modern, with 5.1 stereo and 42" plasma TV. I wonder how they transfered those through that bumping trail! They cooked 12 dishes of food (but only 8 people eating) and served us the wine fermented by them(50% alcohol). My friends and I are not alcoholic people, we only drink cocktail ocassionally and even don't drink beer! It was a dilemma that we don't really want to drink too much but they show their welcome to us by the toast. So, we sent our only boy to response to their toast! I only drank about 20ml! Ha!

mountaingirl says:
What a nice gesture from the local people! :-)
Posted on: Jan 17, 2012
ted332 says:
nice blog!
Posted on: Jan 21, 2008
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The old town, Shangri-La
The old town, Shangri-La
Kids just woke up from their after…
Kids just woke up from their afte…
Xiaoqin, her two teachers and us
Xiaoqin, her two teachers and us
They have to put lotion on their f…
They have to put lotion on their …
Their classroom
Their classroom
That is Xiaoqin
That is Xiaoqin
My friend playing with the kids!
My friend playing with the kids!
The Tibetan building at Xiaoqins …
The Tibetan building at Xiaoqin's…
My friends and I outside Xiaoqins…
My friends and I outside Xiaoqin'…
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