These stones are inscribed with mantas such as OM MANI PADME HUM and OM MA HUNG VAJRA GURU PADME SIDDHI HUNG. Buddhist believe that reciting these mantras with a clear mind can help to remove ego and attachments.
Local lady spinning a prayer wheel in the countryside - Daocheng - Sichuan
Tibetan buddhists believe that spinning a prayer wheel is as beneficial as reciting mantra
This awesome Red Panda stood up as if wanting to give me the perfect shot. And he did. What a gent. Giant Panda Research Base - Chengdu
Did you know as of 2015, there are only 10,000 Red Pandas left in the wild?
Our journey to Yading Nature Reserve was delayed slightly by the herd of Yaks blocking the road - Yading - Daocheng
Cable car ride up to Jade Snow Mountain in Shangri-La - Yunnan
A stunning Tibetan house built using small rocks, creating a mosaic on the outside - Shangri-La
Wild Golden Snub Nosed Monkey - Shennongjia
Songzanlin Lamasery - Shangri-la
This incredible temple complex in Shangri-La is a copy of the Potala in Lhasa, Tibet.
The Shaolin temple - The birth place of Chinese Kung-Fu - Dengfeng
Kung-fu did not originate in China, it was introduced by a monk from the South of India.
The centre of town in Shangri-la - Yunnan
Locals and tourists alike flock here all times of the day to visit the temples and spin the giant prayer wheel.
Mangrove snake - Shennongjia
One of the fastest most vicious snakes in the world
The head os Shennong - How the savages were tamed - Shennongjia
There are various carvings in this area depicting that the Shennong ancestor arrived in flames from the sky! ALIENS!
PAthway leading through the mountain to minority people - Shennongjia
Shennongjia mountains and caves
Supposedly, the Yeren live in the mountains and travel through cave systems. It's easy to see how this would be possible here!
Sunrise above the clouds on Fanjing Shan mountain peak - Tongren
Yartsa Gunbu, also known as the Caterpillar fungus - Daocheng
What looks like a small caterpillar, is actually worth its own weight in gold!
Songzanlin lamsery afternoon - Shangri-La
Friendly Yak on monastery path
Don't be fooled by how mellow these Yaks look. They can be very protective over their calves and from experience, I can tell you they aren't afraid to charge after you..
Tibetan locals - Daocheng
Shangri-la local women
Tourist hotspot in tongren
The 3 sacred peaks of Yading Nature Reserve - Daocheng
Chenrezig, a name for Buddha Avalokitesvara in Tibetan Buddhism, has an altitude of 6032m. A kora around these peaks is little known to the West, but to Tibetans, it's one of the most soul cleansing treks you can do.