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Photo by Sampor Burke, Mekong Semester.

Lake in the Grasslands

We have been in Shangri-la for a few days now, and a sunny Sunday was the perfect time to leave our familiar Old Town surroundings. We traveled a short while to Napa Lake, a seasonal lake that fills in the summer months with glacial melt from nearby mountains. We saw yaks (the actual animals) up close, learned about degradation of the meadows and invasive plant species, and tried local yak meat barbequed and wrapped in fresh lettuce. Some of us hiked up a short hill for a better view of the lake and the town of Shangri-la.

Being in Tibetan China has allowed us some glimpses into the diversity and contradictions of this huge country, and as we travel downriver should provide an exciting contrast to the river in its tropical settings.