This place is a painting. Absolutely serene. It is a World Heritage Site and a World Biosphere Reserve. Staying at the nature park overnight is not allowed anymore to reduce polluting the ecosystem. Some people have mentioned that you can persuade someone in the seven Tibetan villages to host you overnight. It's a long shot, but still worth a try. I had no luck with that. The entrance to the park is expensive, so take your student identification or ask someone who has student identification to buy your ticket for you. Once you enter the park, a bus will take you to the beginning of the trail. You can take buses to different viewing spots after that. I would recommend walking to lose the crowds and actually appreciate the ecology of the place. You might miss a couple of spots this way, but you'll make up for it by walking down the winding roads looking for hidden paths and trails.
Our first meal in Cambodia and we were starving and fancied breakfast as we had gotten up before 5am and were all craving comfort wake up food even though it was closer to lunch time in reality. We googled and found a place called Sisters than did all day breakfast = perfect. It is close to the Russian Market, on Street 446 at number 26B which we missed on the first pass. It really isn't a fancy place and you might not notice it from the street, you will need to keep your eyes peeled. It looked friendly so we wandered on in and rearranged the tables to suit our group of 7.It is also a bakery with loads of different pies by the slice, cakes, biscotti, brownies, muffins etc. And on request (a day before) they make all sorts of fancy different breads. And we all ordered mains, mostly off the standard lunch menu, but N went for the interesting potato pancakes as they sounded interesting and she had never had anything like it. She topped them with the bacon and poured over the maple syrup and said it was yum.
Duck Barbecue Restaurant
We had dinner here on our last night. Wonderful ambience and some good food. It was the perfect end to our trip. We tasted local delicacies, including Korean BBQ, bipbimbap, hot pot, and a local speciality called "Pyongyang cold noodles." It was also probably the best service I have had in the world. We usually had about three people waiting on us to make sure our glass of beer was filled to the top. You can see that these people are eager to make a good impression and they are a very hospitable group of people right from the guides to the servers at the restaurants.
Lang Zhong Nan Ting Che Qu
Our favorite place in China so far is Lang Zhong (about a 6 hour bus ride from Chengdu). It is a real ancient city. It is not like Lijiang and Dali with so many tour groups and no real homes only shops. Here you will find some very warm and welcoming people. We went twice to the tailor and had a great gesturing conversation. We also ate twice at the noodle shop. We watched the chef MAKE the noodles. It was so great that we videotaped him. We stayed in a 1000 year old hotel and communicated with the marketing director through Google Translator!! It is a GREAT place to visit! Put it on your list
Temple of Marquis Wu
Roamed around this large temple in Nanyang, probably the busiest location we visited. It is a memorial site, commemorating Zhuge Liang, a chancellor of the state of Shu Han during the Three Kingdoms period of Chinese History. He is famous as an inventor, counselor, war strategist, political analyst, and more. He is famously depicted with a fan made of crane feathers (replicas of which are sold at his temple ~ I got one!). The temple itself is beautiful, with a lot of fun things to do. The buildings have many replicas of famous people and statues in historic poses, as well as a lot of giant statues, and other cultural relics. There is also a large lake with a fun zig-zag walkway across it. For the holiday, there was a carnival around back that the children loved. The boys were especially delighted at all the play weapons they could buy!