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After a few pictures from the big cities, back to nature and to remote are of Shangri La. The guy in the hostel took us with his car in the afternoon for free around this unusual lake. Napahai Natural Lake Reserve is 3,270m above sea level and covers 660 square kilometers. It is about 8km northwest of Shangri-La town in Yunnan Province. It is both an ideal field for herdsmen and a paradise for many species of birds. This is, in the true sense, a seasonal lake. When summer comes, snow on the adjacent mountains melts and flows down into about ten rivers forming a vast lake. In the dry season, Napahai becomes a boundless green grassland - the best time for herding sheep cattle. Every September the lake again turns into a temporary habitat for migratory birds, such as bar-headed geese, wild ducks and black-necked cranes which is one of the 12 rarest bird species in the world. During this period, the lake becomes an ideal place for ornithologists from around the world.

The meadows were full of animals - horses, yaks, black pigs (like the one that have bitten me). See also the pictures I will upload as Workshops.

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Yaks on the meadow

I like the picture of the group of Tibetans sitting on the mneadows, with yaks and horses and a white tibetan stupa on the shore. But I am afraid it is not sharp enough as the main upload.

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Additional Photos by Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 8996 W: 135 N: 22691] (113565)
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