A view from our window in Upper YuPeng, Meili Xueshan National Park, Yunnan, China
Ok, let's be clear about one thing, though. While these towns may have always been here in some shape or form, these two towns have certainly grown substantially with tourism. Houses here have clearly been built with the idea that they would be guesthouses. But don't let that turn you away, most residents that we met come from just on the other side of the mountain in Ninong (I'll get to there in another post) and as you can see in the photo above, all the buildings have been built in the typical Tibetan style. Thanks to the money from tourism, the locals can actually afford to do that. Here in India where I am now, while there are hundreds of Tibetans living around me, it's nearly impossible to find houses built in this style, probably due to lack of funds and lack of experience in building these homes.
Building a new, traditional style Tibetan house.
View of the glacier from Upper YuPeng
Cooking dinner in Upper YuPeng
Dinner in Upper YuPeng
Maybe breakfast? in Upper YuPeng
Preserved meat in Upper YuPeng
Drinking with the locals
Mules in front of traditional Tibetan house in Upper YuPeng
Our accommodations in Upper YuPeng
Our lovely hosts in Upper YuPeng
Our accommodations in Lower YuPeng
Temple in lower YuPeng
View of the mountains from Lower YuPeng
A moment of clear skies in Lower YuPeng.
Overall, both Upper and Lower YuPeng are beautiful, fantastic places which have been relatively untouched by modernity. They are fantastic places to find traditional architecture, good meals made with fresh ingredients, kind people, and fantastic views. The husband and I, even now 5 months later long to return to YuPeng...