A hundred year old banyan tree in the Bamei Village. [CNS Photo/Ren Dong]
Bamei Village, often called "the last Shangri-La", is located in the Guangnan County of Yunnan province. The beautiful and magical views here have attracted a large number of tourists. The only way to enter the village is to pass a big cave waterway. After drifting slowly in the dark for around 10 minutes, the pass is suddenly opened and the view is enlightened with a peaceful view of water valleys, green bamboos, running water and waterweels. To the locals living in the Bamei Village, what is described in the poem of Tao Yuanming, a famous poet in the Jin Dynasty, about the "Shangri-La world" is their home.