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 Oct. 16, 2018 -
Questions & Answers on Shangri-La Travel
Asked by Charles W Lum from USA | Oct. 14, 2018 10:33Reply
As an American visiting Shangri-la, will my Chinese visitor's visa allow me into Tibet?
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Answered by Sansaui from USA | Oct. 16, 2018 04:03
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I'm afraid your Chinese visitors cannot do that because overseas tourists can only be allowed into Tibet through tour agency.
Asked by Ken from AUSTRALIA | Sep. 13, 2018 19:37Reply
Hi - planning to fly to Lijiang in mid December then go to Shangri la city.
Is the weather still OK for travel? We are going with a 2 years old baby as well.

Thank you.
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Answered by Eric from CANADA | Sep. 13, 2018 23:50
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The temperature is about -10C to 12C based on the previous statistics. You should prepare some warm clothes in order to adapt the larde day and night temperature difference.
Asked by David from MALAYSIA | Sep. 04, 2018 23:04Reply
would be going Shangri-la in october, will it be cold then?
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Answered by Will from ITALY | Sep. 05, 2018 19:44
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The temperature may be 5C to 15C. It's a little cold, you need to wear jackets or sweaters.
Asked by PPWong from HONG KONG | Sep. 01, 2018 20:40Reply
Hi, is there an overnight bus from Dali to ShangriLa?
What time does the last bus leave? Also is there a direct bus from ShangriLa to the Tiger Leaping Gorge and what time does the earliest bus leave in the morning?Thanks
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Answered by Jerry from USA | Sep. 03, 2018 01:14
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1.There is no overnight bus and the bus departs from 7:00 to 18:30.

2. Only one bus departs from 7:30 from Shangri-la Bus Station.
Asked by Comet from VIETNAM | Apr. 03, 2018 22:45Reply
Plan to travel to Padacuo National Park
Is the weather too cold in Shangri La in last week of April?
And I stay at the hostel on Jinlong St. How to get to Padacuo National Park by public transportation? (about the pick-up point, timetable of the bus, ticket price ...). If there is no public transportation, how would you please guide me to visit this site with cheapest cost?
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Answered by John from GERMANY | Apr. 07, 2018 21:08
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It’s a little cold with the temperature of 5-10C, so you are suggested to take some warm clothes like sweaters, down coat and warm pants.
As for the transport, I was told there are two buses from local bus station to the part at 8:30 and 9:30 in the morning. It takes about 40mins and 15yuan. You may have a look. Oh, you can take bus 3 to the bus station.
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