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Deqin town itself is a terrible manifestation of the worst kind of modern Chinese architecture: dirty, white-tiled, and soulless. However, if you love hiking Deqin is a superb base. If you are not a hiker you might be disappointed, though a short ride out of town does provide a great view of Meilixue Mountain, which could justify the six-hour bus ride from Zhongdian.
Deqin prefecture is where the big mountains are to be found with impossibly steep valleys, mind-blowing vistas, remote monasteries and class A trekking, for all levels, available all year round. In fact the best time to trek is during the winter monthsas summer is the rainy season. March is the worst month as the rains start but it's still cold enough so it comes down as snow. This is the month to get snowed in.
So, if Deqin is so great, why is it not better known? The main reason for this is that there is not a lot of information available on the area, so the average traveller is left guessing whether it is worth visiting or not. The fact that most travellers will have to return the way they came also puts them off visiting (Deqin is the last town before Tibet proper in Yunnan province).
Here are ten good reasons to visit Deqin:
* 1. Meili Snow Mountain Mt Kawakarpo & Mt. MiancimuMiantsomo
* 2. Trek up to the Mingyong Glacier
* 3. Trekking to Yubeng
* 4. Trekking along the Mekong River
* 5. Tashi's Mountain Lodge, Reringkha village(closed)* 6. To organize a road trip to Lhasa(the land route to Tibet is closed for foreigners)
* 7. The spectacular drive up from Shangri-la
* 8. Deqin's Tibetan Disco(most are closed)
* 9. Sleeping in remote Tibetan villages
* 10. Special ginger, lemon tea
==Get in==
There are four buses leaving in the morning from [[Zhongdian]]. The journey takes about 5 hours and is through spectacular and scary mountain scenery. The awful music videos, the freezing cold, windy roads and the chain-smoking fellow-passengers can make the journey a bit unpleasant. The town of [[Benzilan]], which lies about midway from [[Zhongdian]] is worth stopping off at in its own right, and breaks the journey up nicely. The bus drops people throughout the town, ending at the bus station next to a T junction. Buses to Zhongdian (Shangri-la) depart at 7:30AM, 8:30AM, 9:30AM and 12PM , 10:20AM and cost ¥40 ¥53 (January 2008June 2011). The schedule after 10:20AM is not fixed, but if there are passengers, there might be a bus at 12:00PM or a little bit earlier. The earlier buses make a lunch stop at a restaurant but be sure to check prices before taking your food(about ¥10-15 for a vegetable dish and ¥20 for a meat dish). Note: At the moment (June 2012) the buses between [[Zhongdian]] and Deqin take around 8 hours because the road is under major reconstruction. The road is apocalyptic and you have to not be affraid of collision with other buses or trucks.
Buses to/from Lhasa use the main bus terminal in Deqin. There should be no problems buying tickets which are ¥500. The ride takes 3-4 days and the bus may or may not stop at hotels during the night. There is one military check point where a soldier may come on board, but they seem not to care if there are foreigners on the bus. However, the drivers will not let you roam far during restaurant stops in towns. This trip is risky if you are not in good health because the bus drives over 5,000m at least three times.
Note: The land route from Shangri-la to Lhasa is closed for foreigners. They will not sell you a ticket even if you have the Tibet travel permit.
==Get around==
* <see name="Feilai Temple" alt="飞来寺; Fēiláisì" address="" directions="10km away, &yen;30 by taxi" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Amazing view of Meilixue Mountain worth seeing at sunrise. Feilai Temple also has a growing number of hostels and guest houses. Consider staying there instead of Deqin. They The owner of "Once Upon a Time in FeiLaiSi" speaks English and can give advice on hiking in the area.</see> * <see name="Yubeng Village" alt="雨崩村‎; Yǔbēngcūn" address="" directions="18km away" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Tibetan village not accessible by any vehicles. You can ask at your hostel to book a seat for you in one of the minibuses departing every morning from FeiLaiSi to Xidang Hot Springs(西当温泉[xīdāngwēnquán])where the hike actually starts. There are usually 6-7 seats in a bus and an overall price is ¥150 (June 2011). Talk to the other people planning to go there so you can share the price. There are currently a decent number of domestic Chinese tourists that make this trek, so finding a lift shouldn't be difficult.It takes 1 hour and a half to get there and you will be asked to pay ¥80 (May 2009June 2011) building as a 5 star hotel scenic area entrance fee. Make sure you bring your passport as you have to be registered. With a student card you can get a half-price ticket. The 9 km (one way) hike takes about 6-7 hours in total (6.5km uphill and 2.5km downhill) with 1284 meters vertical gain. For those who find the hike difficult there is an option of hiring a horse or mule for ¥185 to the top or ¥255 for the whole way (June 2011). There are 2 tea-houses on the main roadway up where you can buy some water and simple snacks and a tea-house at the top of Yakou pass. Very noisy The accomodation in Yubeng are very basic and dusty, not costs about ¥20-25 for a person (June 2011). Food though is very expensive in Yubeng due to mention the affected view.</see>lack of fresh veggies and
* <Once there, Yubeng is one of the most picturesque villages you could hope to see name="Yubeng Village" alt="雨崩村‎; Yǔbēngcūn" address="" directions="18km away" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Tibetan . Nestled in an alpine valley, surrounded by snow peaks, multicoloured forests, and waterfalls. There are also numerous treks one can make from the village not accessible by any vehicles, so plan to spend at least a couple of days there.</see>
* <see name="Meilixue Mountain Nature Reserve" alt="梅里雪山景区‎; Méilǐxuěshān Jǐngqū; also known as Snow Mountain" address="" directions="You can arrange transport to the reserve entrance for around ¥50 per person in a shared 4x4. Information correct (January 2008)" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="¥60">Hike to the Taizi Temple and Minyong Glacier. Taizi Temple has a guest house but unfortunately most of the rooms are severely damaged by a storm, there is still a few acceptable rooms, avaiable available at very low prices ¥20. Only recommended if you absolutely have to stay on the mountain, otherwise go back down to Mingyong Town (July 2009).</see>
*<do name="Iger Trekking" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="0887-823-0447" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Specializes in treks of the Meili Snow Mountain / Kawa Karpo Range, including Inner and Outer Kora treks. [] </do>
*<do name="Nomad" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="15184990012" url="http://nomadchina." hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Finnish woman who has lived in Xidang village for 2,5 years doing research. Treks to Yubeng, Mingyong, Sinong, Adong, Outer kora and Weixi area. Equipment available.</do>
 ==Buy==saffron Saffron is a choice when you go to Deqin because this is kind of quite valuable herb.
Most of the small restaurants on the main street have good food. Tibetan cured pork is worthwhile trying. All the dishes with yak meat are considered to be local and might cost 25-35 yuan.
* <sleep name="Dexin Tibetan Hotel" alt="" address="86 Nanping Street" directions="Left out of the bus station about 30m" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="Double en-suite ¥80 (July 2009), dorms ¥20 (Summer 2006)">Nice family run hotel able to have foreign tourists.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Tashi's Mountain Lodge" alt="" address="" directions="In Reringkha village, just 5km outside of Deqin town on the road to Feilai Temple" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="Dorms ¥25, rooms ¥40 per bed, private cottages ¥100" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">The house also functions as a local trekking centre and has current information on all the treks in the area, plus advice on how to get to Tibet from Yunnan.
* '''<sleep name="Mingzhu hotel''': " alt="" address="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price for the standard ="Standard room is about 200 per night."></sleep> *<sleep name="Deqin Feilai Temple youth hostel (飞来寺觉色滇乡青年旅舍)" alt="" address="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="Dorm ¥30">Probably the best budget option at the Feilai Temple. Look for the Green sign near the bottom of the slope, and turn right and go up the hill. They have Dorms and private rooms with electric bankets. The rooms are quite dirty and smelly, and the bathrooms are rarely washed. There is a common room with an XBox 360 and stove. Note that the inside of the hostel is not insulated in any way, so outside of the lounge and your bed can get quite chilly! The Wifi is available in both the lounge and the rooms. The reception staff speak good english.(March 2012). Double room with bathroom is very expensive for what it is worth : ¥120. [ YHA China site(in Chinese)]</sleep>
==Get out==
There are not so many routes available from Deqin. There are several morning buses to Shangri-la (Zhongdian) (8-9 hours, 65 yuan) available at the Deqin bus station. The locals may take you there in a small minibus for about 80 yuan and the trip will take a little bit less (June 2012). The same minibuses are running to Mangkang county (芒康县)of Tibet (about 2 hours, 120 km).
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