Shangri-La Travel Tips

Fast Facts

Area: 11,613 square kilometers (around 4,484 square miles)
Position: It's in the northwest of Yunnan Province and bordered by Tibet and Sichuan.
Population: about 130,000
Nationalities: Tibetan, Yi, Naxi, Bai, Hui, Han...
Zip Code: 674400
Area Code: 0887

Useful Numbers:
Inquiry at Diqing Shangri-La Airport: 0887-8229901
Tourist Complaint: 0887-8225390

Emergency Numbers:
Fire: 119
Ambulance: 120
Police: 110
Traffic: 122
Please click Useful Telephone Numbers to get more emergency numbers

Post Office: No.18 Changzheng Road

Bank: There are many banks on Changzheng Road, Shangri-La County, and the Bank of China provides the service of exchanging foreign currency. But if you go to the surrounding places of the county, be sure to take along enough money.

Internet Bar: Internet bars can also be found on Changzheng Road easily. And there you can go to the post office to go on line. The charge is about CNY4 for each hour.

Hospital: Shangri-La People's Hospital is located on Changzheng Road.

Communication: China Mobile Communications Corporation is in the process of making the communication net cover the whole county. Now, the mobile phones can be used in most areas of Shangri-La. The signal strength may be very poor sometimes, especially in the mountains or in a gorge. 


Most Tibetans of Shangri-La celebrate the Chinese New Year (Chinese Spring Festival) and they also have the Tibetan New Year. Furthermore, there are some other festivals celebrated there:

Horse Race Festival: It's celebrated on May 5th according to the lunar calendar every year. The horse race is held at the foot of Wufeng Mountain and lasts for three days.

Dengbashi: It's celebrated on July 15th according to the lunar calendar every year. During the festival, all the Tibetans wear festival attire and worship gods for good fortune. Also they perform the Guozhuang Dance and hold the horse race.

Gedong: A traditional festival of Tibetan Buddhism held from Oct. 2nd to Oct. 19th   each year. During that time, there is a performance of the Mask Dance.


The night life of Shangri-La is always colorful. When night falls, Sifanglou Plaza becomes a big dance stage. There a large number of people perform the Tibetan folk dance Guozhuang. They all join hands, form a circle, and follow the principal dancer. The cheerful atmosphere may entice you to join them in the dance. Also you can pay a visit to the Tibetans' houses. In their houses, you can appreciate (for a modest fee) folk dance performances and taste the meat of baked lamb and yak.

Furthermore, if you have an accommodation in Dukezong Ancient Town, you should take a stroll in the evening. Dukezong has another beautiful name, Moon Town. Perhaps, ambling along the stone-paved lanes with a full moon hanging in the sky above Shangri-La, you will feel the romance of it all. If not, on a street called Pijiangpo there are many bars, it's the most prosperous place in the ancient town. In your spare time, take a look.

- Last updated on Apr. 09, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Shangri-La Travel Tips
Asked by Siam from CHINA | Mar. 30, 2019 02:27Reply
If i am coming during July or august and i will be coming from Kunming
1) what are the places i can cover in one week
2) what are the accommodations in different locations?
3) what should be my budget in CNY?
4) which month or months are the most suitable and best time to visit shangri la?
5) from where i can see the peak of mount everst?
Answers (1)
Answered by Henry from GERMANY | Apr. 09, 2019 18:16

1. You are suggested to tour around Bitahai Lake, Meili Snow Mountain, Potatso National Park, Songzanlin Monastery and Tiger Leaping Gorge.
2. Don't worry. You can easily find nice guesthouses when you arriving at the place. If it is not the tourism season, you don't need to book in advance.
3. You can prepare CNY 150 to 200 per person for one day.
4. In general, the best sightseeing tim is from May to August.
5. As I know, you cannot see the peak of Mount Everst from this place.

Have a nice journey!
Asked by JoChan from MALAYSIA | May. 08, 2017 06:48Reply
If I'm coming over to Yunnan in June
1. What would the weather be like during that time?
2. How long do I need to cover the main attractions in Yunan?
3. Any suggested itinerary? I don't mind going to the off beaten tracks provided they are reachable by public transportation.
4. I can't speak Chinese - will that be a problem?
5. Any suggested budget accommodations?
6. Are all attractions accessible via public transportation?
7. What train should I take from Suzhou to Yunnan?

Thank you very much in advance for your answers!
Answers (2)
Answered by Frank from IRELAND | May. 11, 2017 03:02

1. According to the history data, it will be rainy and cloudy in the most day of June. The temperature will be 60F to 80F.
2. As I know, it may take a week to cover the most attractions in Yunnan.
3. You can try the route Kunming – Dali – Lijiang – Shangri-la.
4. That’s okay. You can hire an English guide in some famous scenic spots when you need.
5. The hotels in different area vary in the price. You may make sure which area you will stay, then I can check the approximate price for you.
6. Not all attractions can be reached by public transportation. You may need to charter or share a car to visit some places.
7. You can take the high speed train G1377 at Suzhou North Railway Station to Kunming South Railway Station. It will depart at 08:52 with the duratipon of about 12.5 hours.
Answered by JoChan from MALAYSIA | May. 11, 2017 07:02

Thanks Frank.... appreciate your reply...
Asked by Holkau from AUSTRIA | Jan. 21, 2013 09:13Reply
Hello, Has anyone some recommendations for good oil massages in Shangri-La and Lijiang
If possible please with street address. Thanks, Holger
Answers (1)
Answered by Jane | Jan. 21, 2013 21:50

I do not think there is oil massages in both of the places.
I just know some hotels provide massages in Lijiang, but I did not have a try.
I know one massage shop but it provides traditional Chinese massage which is called Mingyitang on Wuyi Street. The traditional massage there is very nice and maybe you can have a try.
Asked by Eve from SINGAPORE | Jul. 25, 2011 10:02Reply
I plan to visit Shangrila in late Dec'11. Is the weather and attitude suitable for a 4 year child?
Answers (1)
Answered by Lisa from CHINA | Jul. 25, 2011 22:00

It is usually cold during Dec in Shangri-la. The low temperature can be around -10C. You need to wear very warm clothes. As to the atitude aspect, you'd bettergo to ask about your child's health condition from the doctor, then make your decision.
Asked by Ms.ROSEMARYHELLER from AFGHANISTAN | Feb. 27, 2011 13:32Reply
I will be traveling in April and would like to go from Beijing to Xi'an possibly on to Chengdu then Zhongdian ( shangri-la) then down to Lijiang, Kunming, Guilin and out of Hong Kong. I have 32 days for this itinerary. I would like information about getting from Chengdu to Diqing airport ( or other connection cities to this airport. Thank you
Answers (1)
Answered by Mr.Jonson | Feb. 27, 2011 21:15

The best way is to fly from Chengdu airport to Diqing Airport. There is flight between the two cities, but not every day. You'd better make clear about your departure time from Chengdu to Diqing.
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