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The (not-so) fabled land of Shangri-La is filled with mystical places. It is a land where bars beckon to you…”Come!,” they say.

Ok, so as my Asian adventure proved, there really is a city called “Shangri-La” and it isn’t quite so fabled at all! I can confidentally say this, as I enocuntered the true fabled Shangri-La (aka Bhutan). But the Shangri-La I currently speak of is the mountinous north of China’s Yunnan province, near the point where Yunnan, Sichuan and Tibet meet.Funny tidbit…it used to be called Zhongdian, but was renamed Shangri-La as a tourist draw. And since “Shangri-La” is distinctly not a Chinese name, it is pronounced “Shang-guh-lee-la.”

There’s nothing terribly mystical about the place, but I do wonder if this bar owner thought so in coming up with this name. I mean where else than a mystical place could a bar actually beckon you?

Or perhaps it’s simply missing a comma in there. Like “Come, Bar!” Wait…is the owner of the bar tying to call it back as if it were a dog? “Here Bar! Come Bar!”

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By Aaron

Hey there! I'm Aaron and this is my travel site, where I document my adventures to all corners of the world. My love for travel started at the ripe old age of four, when a midlife crisis uprooted my family to Ecuador for five years. Since then, I've been to countries on 4 different continents. When I'm not blissfully on the road, I reside in New York City, where I become the ultimate travel junkie and spend my days dreaming up my next great adventure! Read More...

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