Somewhere in Swedish Lapland, nestled among mountains and glaciers, lies the mysterious Tarfala Valley. The dramatic, dreamlike landscape, will forever be etched in my mind.
How I nearly died- and survived in the Tibetan town of Gyalthang, popularly romanticised as Shangri-la, 3,200m above sea level, surrounded by lush grasslands and soaring mountains.
Plunging gorges, soaring snowy peaks, alpine lakes, and an ancient old town. 5 days in Lijiang, where there is much to do, and as many tourists to match.
3 days in and around Dali, the ancient kingdom at the edge of Erhai Lake in Yunnan, China. Exploring traditional markets, historic towns, ancient temples, rice fields, hiking trails, and hipster cafes, no less.
4 days exploring attractions in Kunming, the City of Eternal Spring, the lively and lovely capital of mountainous province of Yunnan in China, 2000m above sea level.