Shangri-La Travel Guide

Shangri-La Travel Guide

Yunnan Shangri-La Map

Shangri-La Facts:


Chinese Name: 香格里拉 (xiāng gé lǐ lā)
Location: Located at point where Tibet, Sichuan and Yunnan all meet, Shangri-La County is administered by Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan Province.

Population: 174,585
Area: 11,613 square kilometers (4,483 square miles)
Nationalities: Tibetan, Han, Naxi, Yi
Administrative Division: 4 towns (Jiantang, Xiaozhongdian, Hutiaoxia, Jinjiang); 7 counties (Shangjiang, Sanba Naxi, Luoji, Nixi, Gezan, Dongwang, Wujing)
 

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. In Tibetan,Shangri-La means the "sun and moon in heart", an ideal home only found in heaven.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. As a Chinese saying goes, "The earliest sunrise is seen in Shangri-La; and the most unique place is also there". Once you visit, you will fully appreciate the meaning of this saying. In addition, the warm welcome of the residents of this land will make you feel at home. 

Recommended Tour Itinerary:

Yunnan Highlights: 9 days tour of Kunming, Dali, Lijiang and Shangri-la
Hiking Adventure: Information about hiking in Shangri-La for your reference

Bitahai Lake, Shangri-la
Bitahai Lake
Songzanlin Monastery
Songzanlin Monastery

At an average altitude of more than 3,000 meters (about 9,843 feet), the county is very difficult to be reached. Without railways leading there, the chief means of transportation is motor vehicles.To get there, visitors will typically begin their journey in Kunming,traveling first to Lijiang and then taking the long-distance bus in Lijiang to get there. It's about 175 kilometers (108.74 miles) from Lijiang to Shangri-La. On this way, the Tiger Leaping Gorge can be seen. Or tourists can arrive there by air. Diqing Shangri-La Airport operating flights to/from Beijing, Chengdu, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Kunming, Lhasa, and Shanghai is only 20-minute drive from downtown area. 

 History: In the past, it was called Zhongdian or "Jiantang" in Tibetan. In ancient times, it together with Batang (in Tibet) and Litang (in Sichuan) was the fiefdom of the three sons of a Tibetan King. In 2002, Zhongdian changed its name to Shangri-La.

 Physical Features: Shangri-La is rich in natural resources from valuable herbs to rich mineral deposits (including gold, silver, copper, manganese and many other rare metals) to abundant animal resources (such as golden monkeys, leopards and musk deer). This is a land full of natural wonders.

 Local Highlights: The region is inhabited by many different ethnic groups, with the Tibetans comprising the majority of the population. There you will have an opportunity to experience Tibetan life and learn about their lifestyle, religion and cuisine. The unique scenery, highlighted by plateaus, together with the fascinating ethnic culture makes the land very attractive and charming to visit.

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- Last modified on May. 06, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Shangri-La Travel
Asked by Nur from MALAYSIA | May. 21, 2019 00:21Reply
Do they have train to go shangrila from lijiang?
where to buy a ticket to go there? how many hours of journey?
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Answered by Jennie from USA | May. 22, 2019 18:31
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As I know, there is no train to your destination because of complex terrain. The easiest way is to take direct bus and you can buy tickets at Lijiang Coach Station. The journey takes 3-4hours and ticket fare is CNY60-100 per person.
Answered by Nur from MALAYSIA | May. 26, 2019 11:55
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thank you so much Jennie
Asked by Debbie from MALAYSIA | May. 03, 2019 18:51Reply
Best area to stay in Zhongdian
Is it better to stay in dukezong ancient town or nearby the coach station in the modern town?
With two full days in Zhongdian can we cover pudaco national park, Napa lake, songzalin monastery and shika mountain?
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Answered by Joe from CANADA | May. 06, 2019 20:40
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It is suggested to stay in the ancient town and 2 days are a little tight. If you hire a private car, then it may be possible.
Answered by Debbie leong from MALAYSIA | May. 07, 2019 04:06
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Thanks Joe for the reply! Much appreciated.
Asked by Gerdy from INDONESIA | Apr. 27, 2019 01:01Reply
How to get around? What to see in downtown Shangri La?
Planning to visit several places:
- Tiger Leaping Gorge
- Pudacuo
- Songzanlin Monastery
and Meili Snow Mountain

What is the best mode of transportation for 3 people?
And what is Shangri La city's main street and food street?
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Answered by Chris from USA | Apr. 27, 2019 23:57
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Hi, it is better for you to hire a private car since the public transportation is not convenient. Generally, it takes about CNY600-800 per day.

Dukezong Street is recommended.
Asked by Jess from SINGAPORE | Mar. 17, 2019 19:57Reply
Shangri-la People's Hospital at Jiantangzhen
I am going to Bisong Village for 10 days, in case i cannot adapted to the altitude, would lie to know the nearby hospital services. What is the Shangri-la People's Hospital at Jiantangzhen, Deqen, Yunnan, China operating hour?
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Answered by Emma from FINLAND | Mar. 24, 2019 19:20
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As I know, the emergency treatment will open for 24 hours. Don't worry.
Asked by T from THAILAND | Feb. 13, 2019 23:56Reply
Rent a Car with driver from Shangrila zhongdian to riwa yading
hello
I'm looking to rent a private car with 4 passengers from Shangrila zhongdian to riwa yading one way on 15April2019, How much should i accept the price? Where Can i hiring this private car?

Thank you
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Answered by Isla from DENMARK | Feb. 14, 2019 23:04
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Generally speaking, it costs CNY1000 to 1500 for the single trip. You can easily hire a car nearby the coach station.
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