Located at point where Tibet, Sichuan and Yunnan all meet, Shangri-La is the “Eden in dream”. Since it first appeared in British novelist James Hilton’s Lost Horizon in the 1939, it has been associated with the mystique of a...
Chinese Name: 香格里拉
English IPA: Xiang Ge Li La
Location: Northwest of Yunnan
Population (city): 174,585
Language: Tibetan Language
Zip code: 0887
Tel code: 0887
Time zone: (UTC+8)
Located at point where Tibet, Sichuan and Yunnan all meet, Shangri-La is the “Eden in dream”. Since it first appeared in British novelist James Hilton’s Lost Horizon in the 1939, it has been associated with the mystique of a place which could not possibly exist here on Earth. There the lofty and continuous snowy mountains, endless grasslands, steep and grand gorges, azure lakes and the bucolic villages always leave a deep impression on visitors.
Highlights of Shangri-La
- Tiger Leaping Gorge Hiking: As the deepest gorge in the world, the scenery of Tiger Leaping Gorge is spectacular. Foreign backpackers started hiking in the area in the 1980s and now Tiger Leaping Gorge Hiking Tour has been one of the most famous hiking tour all around the world.
- Haba Snow Mountain Climbing: The upper part of the mountain is gentle but the lower part is filled with cliffs, which makes Haba Snow Mountain precipitous, magnificent and mysterious.
- Gorgeous Natural Landscape: Napa Lake, Pudacuo National Park, etc.
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Shangri-La is depicted as "Eden in dream" by British novelist James Hilton's Lost Horizon in the 1939, a famous area with numerous natural landscapes and unique Tibetan customs. The attractions listed below cover the top tourist spots in Shangri-La: the fabulous natural beauty of plateau, the sacred Songzanlin Lamasery, the magnificent Meli Snow Mountains, the unique terrace in Baishuitai, the Nixi black Pottery Village villages, the splendid Tiger Leaping Gorge and the peaceful Shudu Lakes. If you want to experience unique [...]
Various visitors come to Shangri-La to find the vivid landscape in the Lost Horizon. Usually, it is suggested to stay in this earthly paradise for 2 days. Travelers can spend one day immersing themselves in the wonderland of Pudacuo National Park, and spend another day exploring magnificent Meli Snow Mountains and Ganden Sumtseling Monastery. Of course, travellers can visit the local Tibetan family to experience the hospitality of Tibetan. Shangri-La is always visited after Lijiang tour, then head to Dali. The [...]
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Climate & When to Go
The best time to visit Shangri-La is March to August. During this period, the weather is favorable and the wild flowers are in bloom here and there. September or October is also a favorable month. This is fall harvest time and the entire plateau becomes a golden world. Shangri-La is about 3300 meters above sea level and has a plateau humid climate. The climate alters little between the four seasons, but the temperature varies a lot between day and night. The [...]
Located in the northwest of Yunnan Province, Shangri-la has an average altitude of 10,761 ft (3,280 m). The special location makes its transportation different from other areas in China. The only airport in this area, Diqing Airport, operates limited flights every day. No rail line leads to this area yet. However, the Lijiang-Shangri-la rail route is under construction and is expected to operate in six years. Buses are the most common transport means in and around this area. Aside from [...]
Festivals and Activities
If you can, visit the prefecture during festivals such as the Tibetan Horse Racing Festival. It simply pays homage to a very old tradition—that is, riding horses to move from one place to another. As its name suggests, horses from the three counties compete against one another in several categories such as speed. The rest watch in the sidelines. This is also a great time for the family to bond by eating at the outdoors. In the autonomous county of Weixi [...]
Best Time to Visit Shangri-La May to June: Through the rest of Summer and early summer, it is the most beautiful time of Shangri-La because of the full bloom of rhododendron(but the bloom time may delay along with the change of weather). In the middle of June, there are wild flowers in blossom, such as irises. July to August: All kinds of wild flowers bloom. However, it is at a time of rainy season. September to October: Rich colors [...]
Shangri-La, is located in the seat of Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, at an altitude of 3450m, in the northwest of Yunnan Province, with Tibet to its west and Sichuan to its east. To have better understanding about Yunnan Shangri-La (Zhongdian)’s location, attractions and transportation, you can check our detailed maps-map of Shangri-La city, map of Shangri-La attractions, map of Shangri-La tour routes, map of Shangri-La transportation, map of Shangri-La location, map of Meli Snow Mountains and Pudacuo National Park. [...]
The fairytale Shangri-La offers various hotels from 5-star luxury to the budget. most of them are constructed in Tibetan-style providing you very cozy and unforgetable stay. No matter you want to stroll in Shangri-La downtown, or extend to Deqin County to explore Meili Snow Mountain, you always get the right hotel to stay! Shangri-La hotels listed as below are recommended for you. If you want more accommodation options, we, Yunnan Adventure Travel, are glad to recieve your contact. Our travel experts [...]