Discovery and Trekking Tour to Yading
Yading was first discovered by Joseph Rock, an American missionary. In 1928, Rock started from Lijiang in Yunnan, reached Yading by Muli County in Sichuan, visited around the three holy Snow-covered Mountains, and delivered the photos he had taken to the magazine "National Geographic", which caused a huge reactions in America. The novel of English author James Hilton "Lost Horizon", which introduced Shangri-la into people’s memory and imagination, was created according to the picture taken there. In 1996, experts confirmed that, the Shangri-la where Rock arrived was Yading. The small city in the southwest of Sichuan becomes a holy land for domestic and foreign backpackers and is regarded as "the last Shangri-la".
Yading Natural Reserve lies in Riwa Village in south Daocheng County, Ganzi Prefecture. The spot is composed mainly of three snow peaks, the Xiannairi (6032 m) Snow Peak, Yangmaiyong (5958 m) Snow Peak and Xianuoduoji (5978 m) Snow Peak and stretches from north to south.
Combined with holy lakes, the three peaks are so well-known in Tibetan area that they are regarded a holy land by pilgrims. Yading combined both mysterious religions' cultures and amazing natural landscapes.