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Yunnan Tour – Shangrila to Lijiang Day 7 (11 Days 10 Nights November 2015)

We woke up to another freezing morning in Shangrila. After a quick breakfast, we got ourselves ready to check out. We had already packed the night before so it was trouble free as we went down to our familiar lobby to process our check out. We also returned the oxygen canister the hotel loaned us for standby and we didn’t use. Xiao Long, the hotel manager was already waiting to give us a ride to the bus station. Having settled our outstanding bills, we left with Xiao Long who helped us with our luggage.

Once outside Bodhi Inn, it was still the same dilapidated streets under going reconstruction work and we had to watch our steps not to step into mud along the way to the main road. While walking out, the hotel van was no where to be seen. But as we continued walking out, the van appeared and Tashi, the owner of Bodhi Inn was reversing the van nearer for us to get in. So we had less walking to do and we got into the van after exchanging greetings with Tashi.

It was a pleasure staying at Bodhi Inn. The staff were really friendly, helpful and with English speaking staff, it made our stay a lot more pleasant and enjoyable. The hotel was playing Tibetan chants but when they realized we were English speaking, they switched to English music to make us feel at home. The reconstruction work outside and around Bodhi Inn wasn’t their fault. They had made everything possible to make our stay a great one. The day trip arranged by Bodhi Inn was value for money where we had the opportunity to head up to Shika Snow Mountain at over 4500 m elevation.

Xiao Long took over the wheel and soon we were on our way out of the Old Town. It was a cold morning even though the sun was out. But once inside the van, we were rather comfortable. In about 15 minutes, we arrived at the bus station. We alighted, took our bags and thanked Xiao Long for his excellent service. Bodhi Inn provides free shuttle between the airport and bus station to the hotel. Xiao Long could be reached at 13187481010 for shuttle transfer for those staying at Bodhi Inn.

The bus station was already very busy though it was just near 8 am. Food vendors were selling hot food outside the bus station. We entered the bus station and it was a busy place. It was a good idea we bought our bus tickets when we arrived Shangrila 2 days ago otherwise we would have to stress ourselves over this matter first thing in the morning. Since we had our tickets with us, we simply waited for our time to head out to board the bus.

Not long after, our departure for Lijiang was called and we went out of the bus station and boarded a big bus that looked rather new. Inside the bus was clean and very spacious. The seats were comfy and seemed to be rather new too. Once on board we settled down to wait for the bus to leave Shangrila. The front panel of the bus showed a negative 4 degree Celsius inside the bus and of course we were wearing winter clothes to keep warm. The engine wasn’t turned on yet so there was no heating inside the bus.

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Yunnan Tour – Shangrila Day 6 (11 Days 10 Nights November 2015)

It was freezing cold when we got up in the morning after we left the comfort of the electric blanket in bed. So we put on our cold wear and went to the lobby café for breakfast. We pick our table near the fireplace that was heating up the place nicely with kettles placed on top to keep the water hot. We ordered western meals for breakfast consisting of eggs and toasts plus French fries. Coffee was good. We were really grateful for the hot meal on a cold day.

We had already booked a visit to the Shika Snow Mountain with Bodhi Inn the day before. We would be setting off slightly after 9 am. We were told it would be best to be up on the mountain late morning where the sun would be up and it wouldn’t so cold and the wind not too strong. As such, we returned to our room after breakfast to get ready for our day trip. We notified our children about our hike and then wished them a great day ahead.

With the reconstruction work of the Old Town on going, the hotel was informed that power would be cut off during most of the day and would only be turned on again in the late afternoon. So it would be a great time to get out of Bodhi Inn to avoid the freezing cold with no power supply available other than the standby power supply from the generator to power up essential services.

We headed back to the lobby and the hotel manager, Xiao Long was already waiting. He led us out of the hotel and we walked carefully through the dug out trenches and streets outside the hotel towards the entrance of the Old Town where the van was parked. We also brought along with us the oxygen canister the hotel loaned us just in case we needed it up on the mountain above 4500 m. Of course we were well prepared with water and with adequate cold wear.

The air was cool outdoor but with the sun up in the morning, it wasn’t as cold as our room. It was a bright and sunny day which would be great for our outing up on the mountain. The hotel charged us 220 CNY per person for tickets and transport to the base of the mountain and would pick us up after our visit. The cost for this tour would be much cheaper than going up Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in Lijiang.

Xiao Long started the van and soon we were leaving Old Town and headed towards our destination. After about 45 minutes, we arrived at the base of the mountain. He told us to request the staff at the office to call the hotel to arrange a pick up and he would drive over to get us. Having given us instruction and shown us the way to the cable car station, he left us to enjoy ourselves.

Surprisingly, there were few visitors going up the mountain on the day of our visit. The building of the cable car station was practically empty with the staff sitting around having nothing to do. All those chairs there meant for waiting passengers were empty. We got through the office and went to the cable car station launch site and not long after we were ushered into a cable car. My wife and I had the whole cable car to ourselves which was fantastic.

The ride up the mountain was great with trees on both sides of the mountain. The ground below the cable car was covered with some snow. As we looked down below, the hills were still green and the open grazing area was a little brown. Animals could be seen in the open having their leisure activity eating and enjoying the warn sunshine.

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Yunnan Tour – Lijiang to Shangrila Day 5 (11 Days 10 Nights November 2015)

This was the day we were looking forward to travelling up to Shangrila 3100 m above sea level. We wondered how it would be like to stay at that altitude and the scenery around town up near the top of the world. So with much excitement we got up from bed and prepared to head out for the day.

Our simple breakfast was the pastries we bought from Joy Bakery the night before at Qixing Street in town. Coffee and tea were nice and great with the bakery food. It was still early before 7 am and we had some time to chill out before heading out to the bus station not far from Hilton Garden Inn. Our bus ride would be slightly after 9 am and we were expected to arrive Shangrila around 2 pm.

Around 8.45 am, we checked out and were greeted by the friendly and helpful staff again. The Guest Service Manager was in a meeting so early in the morning. We were told by one of the staff he would be meeting us shortly to give us a ride to the bus station. That was good news indeed.

Not long after, he emerged from the meeting and greeted us heartily and he led us to the carpark and got into a very nice car from the hotel. Soon we were on our way to the bus station and we arrived in about 5 minutes. Having parked his car at the bus station, he helped us contact Bodhi Inn to inform the hotel we were taking a bus to Shangrila shortly and would arrive at 2 pm. He then told us one of the staff from Bodhi Inn would be meeting us at the bus station in Shangrila to bring us to the hotel.

All was well and we thanked this friendly manager from Hilton Garden Inn who made our stay in Lijiang so amazing. All the hotel’s staff were really approachable and their service impeccable. The reason we chose to stay in Hilton Garden Inn was the location along the main road to facilitate our onward journey to Shangrila. The friendliness and helpfulness of the staff here was an added bonus indeed.

So we checked out the surrounding at the bus station after the manager from Hilton Garden Inn left having wished us a great stay in Yunnan. The air was crisp and fresh in Lijiang. At the main road, we could see the unmistakable Jade Dragon Snow Mountain at the distant far end of the road. It was a majestic and lovely sight.

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