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Zhongdian, which China has renamed 'Shangrila', lies at 3,300 m (10,000 ft) above sea level (only 400m lower in altitude than Lhasa) the climate here is cool year round. Zhongdian is the capital of the Deqin Tibetan 'Autonomous' Prefecture. This area was, before 1048, the Khampa area of Tibet. Chinese governments going back for centuries have been expert at dividing and subduing neighboring peoples. Not a process unique to China.

This photo is of the Khampa Cowboy bar in Zhongdian old town.

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