2013 - Shangri-La the last frontier day 7

Backpacking Adventure
ShangriLa China the Last Frontier
30 March to 23 April 2013 (25 days)
the heavy morning traffic up the mountain road to Jiaju Village




Day 07 (05.04.2013) Danba (丹巴) – home-stay in Jiaju Village

After breakfast we took 2 vans to Jiaju Village to stay at Danba Hotel. We then walked through the village and stopped at our van driver, Mr. Achar's house where his wife cooked lunch for us. After lunch we continued walking before coming back to our Danba Hotel for dinner.

Jiaju Tibetan village is located in the Hengduan Mountains of western Sichuan. The name 'jiaju' means 'one hundred families' in Tibetan. The houses are built in traditional Jiarong style with painted bands of yellow, black and white, and white stone towers in the four corners of the roof to represent the four cardinal directions. The homes are well designed for the hilly terrain they stand on, and to accommodate Tibetan culture.

The house: Jiaju Tibetan folk house has very special features. It is detach wooden house with 3-4 layers, with a flat roof. The staircases are made of split logs in the corners. The base is usually used for the stable livestock, upper layers as bedrooms and the flat roof as place to dry up their grains etc.

T-shaped structure is built on the roof, which can serve as a place for putting in grains and farming tools or taking shade or sleeping in hot summer. The outside of walls is painted in different colors representing sky, moon, earth and star. The flat roof functions as a space for a variety of activities including prayer and drying harvested grains. Livestock are kept on the ground floor, with living quarters and a small chapel on the upper floors.

The village is enchanting and the warm hospitality of the local people adds to the magic. The vibrant colors and intricate designs adorning the buildings are not gaudy, but work in harmony with the surrounding nature.

Sleeping: Danba Hotel in Jiaju Village

we checked into the Danba Hotel in Jiaju Village

a group photo at our hotel before walking through the villages




a house under construction

a neat row of firewood from different types of tree along the road

A modest guest house meets the basic needs of visitors, providing a hard bench and a hearty supper. The locals are proud of their culture and land, and often entertain visitors with their traditional Guozhuang dance.

this piglet sleeping at the base of the house

we walked through the barley farm to get to another part of the village

Jiaju Tibetan folk house has very special features. It is detach wooden house with 3-4 layers, with a flat roof. The staircases are made of split logs in the corners. The base is usually used for the stable livestock, upper layers as bedrooms and the flat roof as place to dry up their grains etc.

T-shaped structure is built on the roof, which can serve as a place for putting in grains and farming tools or taking shade or sleeping in hot summer. The outside of walls is painted in different colors representing sky, moon, earth and star. The flat roof functions as a space for a variety of activities including prayer and drying harvested grains. Livestock are kept on the ground floor, with living quarters and a small chapel on the upper floors.

The village is enchanting and the warm hospitality of the local people adds to the magic. The vibrant colors and intricate designs adorning the buildings are not gaudy, but work in harmony with the surrounding nature.

a child playing along the road

vegetable farmers hard at work

a husband and wife team plowing the land

stopped at our van driver, Mr. Achar's house where his wife cooked lunch for us

Mr Achar's dried chilli and corn on the wall for decoration


Achar's house is also for rent - one of the bed rooms

a good view of the valley from Achar's house

they were Chinese student tourists on vacation taking their lunch

Achar's wife preparing lunch for us

it was good food for lunch


group photo with Achar's wife (standing 3rd from right), his son and 4 Chinese students in front beside me

a group photo with Mr. Achar (4th from left) and his son

another good shot of the bird by Chew Leng Soon with his new Nikon SLR camera


a group photo with Lim's new found girlfriend in Jiaju

one of Jiaju’s many impressive Tibetan homes

the richly decorated ceiling

the richly decorated ceiling and wall of Tibetan house in Jiaju village


this is Jiaju graveyard up in the hill-top I happened to visit

looking down the valley from the graveyard




this is the toilet and the waste just drop down onto the vegetable garden


one last view from the hill-top platform before returning to our hotel


this is where we stayed: Danba Hotel


this watchtower is known as Yao’ai 要隘(Strategic Pass) was built at places of strategic importance such as mountain passes as a choking point during wars
back to our Danba Hotel




dinner at our homestay



Total Grand Per Pax
Day RMB RMB RMB






7 a. B'fast  58.00 5.80
b. 2 vans Danba - Jiaju (rmb50 X 2) 100.00 10.00
c. Room - Demba Hostel, Jiaju 60 p.p. + 100 guide tips 700.00 70.00
d. Lunch @ Ahchar's house 100.00 10.00
958.00 95.80








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

2 comments:

  1. What a vast different landscape scenery as compared to other parts of China and to Malaysia too. The place looks remote and far away......but you fellas found warm hearted friends in midst of the Tibetan hospitality. Lots of walking as I could see from the pics. Believing you'd got good time there.

    Regards,
    Alan CY Kok

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  2. Ching,
    Thank you for sharing, what a great trip you have! I live in Tianjin for the moment, you guys can 'tumpang' in my apt if you happen to be in down.
    Regards.

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