Discovering Yunnan’s Tibetan Plateau - A personal Shangri-La

By Bruce Connolly | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2017-12-12 07:09

It is important not to remember it through "rose-tinted spectacles". The town was still relatively isolated, it was just starting to open up. The older area, which was fascinating to wander through, felt like an interface between rural and semi-urban with cattle, pigs and dogs wandering around unpaved back streets. Like many older areas in China at that time, dwellings frequently had no running water. Even at the hotel I noticed my laundry being hand washed in a plastic basin. However it also felt like a place waiting to be discovered.

Preparing lunch at Zhongdian market 1995. [Photo by Bruce Connolly/chinadaily.com.cn]
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