2013 - Shangri-La the last frontier day 6

Backpacking Adventure to ShangriLa China the Last Frontier
30 March to 23 April 2013 (25 days)

panoramic view of Jiaju Tibetan Village, Danba, China

Day 06 (04.04.2013) Danba – day trip to Jiaju Tibetan Village "the most beautiful ethnic village in China"

After breakfast, we visited the Jiaju Tibetan Village (甲居藏寨), 10km away from Danba town, the most popular among tourists, was proclaimed "the most beautiful ethnic village in China" by the Chinese National Geographic in 2005 located 2,300m above sea level. And from there we then proceed to visit the Meirengu (美人谷) district to see two Tibetan temples - the first temple which is 1,800 years old is Yongzhongdajiling temple and the second is Song’an temple.

Sleeping: Danba Youth Hostel

the main entrance arch to the Jiaju Tibetan Village (甲居藏寨)

the narrow dusty winding mountain dirt road to the Jiaju Tibetan Village (甲居藏寨)

villages below the Hengduan Mountain range

at the entrance with a fee of Y30 per person

looking down the valley is the Jiaju village 甲居

looking up is the Jiaju village surrounded by snow-capped Hengduan Mountain landscape

their main occupation here is barley farming

Jiaju 甲居 Tibetan Village its beauty in the empty valley 四川丹巴藏寨:空谷碉楼藏佳人

the gorgeous Tibetan fortress-like houses

this beautiful watchtower by the road side
this is the Tibetan Danba Hotel in Jiaju Village we stayed the next day

this big dog is from the Danba Hotel

Kam Boon and I standing beside the owner of Danba Hotel in Jiaju Village

this is our bed room for 6 pax duly booked for next day

we are standing on the highest view platform in Jiaju

Valley of Beauties: the Tibetan Jiaju lady here is of fairer complexion with nice features and we also did notice some of the ladies to be exceptionally pretty

she acts as tourist guide and helped us to take some group photos

the road to Meirengu (美人谷) district is disgusting

villages below the Hengduan Mountain range

villages below the Hengduan Mountain range

villages below the Hengduan Mountain range

the 1,800 years old Yongzhongdajiling temple in Meirengu (美人谷) district

the inner court yard of Yongzhongdajiling temple

a monk drying some tea leaves in the inner court yard

the monk using solar energy to boil water

the road to Song'an Temple is again disgusting with a huge rock sitting in the middle

this is a very quiet temple called Song'an Temple, which is located in Danba Bawang

the colourful Song'an Temple building

according to the lama in this temple, this is a gelu sect of Tibetan Buddhism monastery, having more than thousand year’s history, moved from Tibet to Danba

Total Grand Per Pax

6 a. Room - Demba Hostel, Danba rmb80 X 5 rooms 400.00 40.00
b. B'fast - noodles 58.00 5.80
c. Snacks 36.00 3.60
d. 2 vans @ rmb500 for 2 days tour 1,000.00 100.00
e. Entrance fee - Jiaju (most beautiful village)@30p.p. 300.00 30.00
f. Lunch 98.00 9.80
g. 1 van to & from Xinduqiao (collect stored bags) 700.00 70.00
h. Dinner 290.00 29.00
2,882.00 288.20

click below:
Day 01 (30.03.2013) AirAsia D7-320: K. Lumpur to Chengdu (成都), Sichuan (四川)
Day 02 (31.03.2013) Chengdu to Hailuogou (海螺沟) (296km/7.5hrs bus)
Day 03 (01.04.2013) Hailuogou (海螺沟) Red rocks @ Swallow Gully (燕子沟)
Day 04 (02.04.2013) Hailuogou (海螺沟) Luding (泸定) Kangding (康定) to Xinduqiao (新都桥)
Day 05 (03.04.2013) Xinduqiao (新都桥) to Danba (丹巴) Land of thousand watchtowers

Day 06 (04.04.2013) Danba – day trip to Jiaju Tibetan Village "the most beautiful ethnic town
Day 07 (05.04.2013) Danba (丹巴) – staying in Jiaju Village
Day 08 (06.04.2013) Jiaju Village (甲居藏寨) to Xiaojin (小金) to Rilong (日隆)
Day 09 (07.04.2013) trekking up Changpinggou (长砰沟) middle gully of Siguniang (四姑娘山)
Day 10 (08.04.2013) Rilong (日隆) to Chengdu (成都)

Day 11 (09.04.2013) Chengdu (成都) day trip to Huanglongxi (黄龙寺)
Day 12 (10.04.2013) Chengdu (成都) to Xichang (西昌)
Day 13 (11.04.2013) Xichang (西昌) to Lugu Lake (泸沽湖)
Day 14 (12.04.2013) Lugu Lake - cycling around Lugu Lake
Day 15 (13.04.2013) Lugu Lake (泸沽湖) to Lijiang (丽江)

Day 16 (14.04.2013) Lijiang (丽江)
Day 17 (15.04.2013) Lijiang (丽江) to Shangri-La (香格里拉) (Zhongdian (中甸)
Day 18 (16.04.2013) Shangri-La (Zhongdian) - day trip to Potatso National Park
Day 19 (17.04.2013) Tiger Leaping Gorge (虎跳峡) / Bai Shui Tai terrace waterfall(白水台)
Day 20 (18.04.2013) Tiger Leaping Gorge to Lijiang (丽江)

Day 21 (19.04.2013) Lijiang (丽江) to Lugu Lake (泸沽湖)
Day 22 (20.04.2013) Lugu Lake (泸沽湖) to Xichang (西昌) to Chengdu (成都)
Day 23 (21.04.2013) Chengdu
Day 24 (22.04.2013) D7-327 Chengdu to K. Lumpur (2355 – 0430)
Day 25 (23.04.2013) 25 23/04 Arrival K. Lumpur: 0430 hrs

      RMB        RM
Total Costs per person excluding Air fare    4,664.15      2,360.06

Return Airfare per pax incl. insurance, meals   1,632.41    826.00 

Total Cost Per Pax incl. of Airfare    6,296.56 3,186.06


  1. It's written there in tiny print: Danba's empty valley hides pretty dames; so NB and company found charming lasses irrestistible. Too bad as they're on transist. If all the 270 Jiaju Tibetan families live in this placid remote village of Danba county, they sure are affluent people making good out of wide & unpoluted mother land. The large Tibetan dog smelt the fact that Ching NB is a dog lover; it came snug up to get closer when he took a shot. The mountaneous, winding road is disgusting? Yeah, with boulder sized rocks rested in middle of road with debris not cleared by authority, making travelling difficult and hazardous.

    Alan K.

  2. Jason Ling26 July, 2013

    Thanks Bro Ching for sharing those beautiful and marvelous photos. Wow, U really enjoyed yourself and enjoy life. Very good. I love those photos.