Shangri-la found: China's Lijiang is a hidden paradise

With snow-capped mountains, blue waters and lush greenery, Lijiang in China's Yunnan province is a hidden paradise waiting to be discovered

The fan-shaped summit of Yulong Snow Mountain dominates the cobblestoned old town of Lijiang, which is spread before the mountain like a votive offering on an altar table.

The famous Ming-dynasty travel writer Xu Xiake supposedly gasped in admiration on seeing the mountain, which stands in the sub-Himalayan margins of China's Yunnan province, and whose name in Chinese means "jade dragon".

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 01, 2018, with the headline 'Shangri-la found'. Print Edition | Subscribe