Saturday, July 03, 2010

Day 6 Heading North

A brief walk about in Shigu town, a one street village. At the end of the street we came upon a very small canola operation shown above.
About canola excerpted from Wikipedia:
Canola was developed through conventional plant breeding from rapeseed, an oilseed plant already used in ancient civilization. The word "rape" in rapeseed comes from the Latin word "rapum," meaning turnip. Turnip, rutabaga, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, mustard and many other vegetables are related to the two canola varieties commonly grown, which are cultivars of Brassica napus and Brassica rapa. The negative associations due to the homophone "rape" resulted in creation of the more marketing-friendly name "Canola". The change in name also serves to distinguish it from regular rapeseed oil, which has much higher erucic acid content.

As the Yantze moves on it's northward way it encounters the Leaping Tiger Gorge, seen from a distance above. It was seen from a distance because not only did this spectacular ( I am told) gorge display, after a hefty hike, a magnificent view but its view was significantly blocked by busloads of tourists. We spied the bus barn for saidsame tourists and decided to be content with the above.

From here we traveled on even further and longer upwards towards Gyalthang, renamed Shangri La by the Chinese government - a misnomer if there ever was one. This pov is based entirely on my own very nearly catastrophic time in this place. If it is indeed Shangri La I will do without.


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