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Deqen, Yunnan, China
Deqen, China, is the last outpost in Yunnan Province before the Tibetan border, and it attracts pilgrims and trekkers who set out on the many hiking trails that lead into the high country. Nearby Meili Snow Mountain is a misnomer. The “mountain”...
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Shangri-La, Deqen, Yunnan, China
Just outside the city of Shangri-La, China, my cycling group hit a slight-but-very-long incline toward a temple and mountain pass. While the grade was mild, the altitude was not, and it made for slow, tough going. Along the way, we came upon a...
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Shangri-La, Deqen, Yunnan, China
A few hours into a mountain bike trip outside Shangri-La, China (formerly Zhongdian), my group ran into a change of weather that is typical of the area. It became overcast and chilly, threatening rain. Our guide had misjudged how long the ride...