Deqin County

187km northwest of Zhongdian is the last outpost of Yunnan before Tibet-Deqin Town and county (Part of Diqing Tibetan Autonoous Prefercture). The county is 80% Tibetan, though a dozen other minorities are found here, including one of the few settlements have christened Deqin County "Shangri-La" and claim James Hilton's classic Lost Horizon used the area for inspiration.

Getting here is possible on a 4WD but you're crossing some serious ranges along this route and at any time from mid-October to late spring heavy snows can close the road.

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