I’m now in the 1,300-year-old Tibetan Town, in Dukezong in Yunnan province, southwest China. A mix of mostly Tibetan Buddhists and Muslims, the area, with its dramatic scenery inspired the fictional paradise of Shangri-La described in the 1933 novel “Lost Horizon” by British author James Hilton.
To say the surroundings of mountains, streams, sheep, yack, Tibetan Monks and Imams is a sight to behold is an understatement. I have never seen such peaceful surroundings and beauty!
Tibetan Town is also along the old Silk Road. A trading route that will also be modernized by the build out of China’s Silk Road 2.0, the 21st century version of a trading network that will open Western China and trade to Europe, to Middle Asia, to Southeast Asia and even all the way to Germany on the Western portion of the route.