Meili Snow Mountain
Shangri-La, formerly known as Zhongdian
County, is the capital of Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Yunnan
Province in southern China. Shangri-la is a Tibetan word meaning 'a land of sacredness and peace'.
Shangri-La is unique for its Tibetan culture and alpine landscapes including sacred snow-capped mountains and spectacular
Shangri-La is located in the northwest of
Yunnan Province, with Tibet to its west and Sichuan to its east.
It is about 660 kilometers (410 miles) from Kunming, and 200
kilometers (120 miles) north of Lijiang. It takes about 1
hour by air from Kunming, and about 3½ hours by car from Lijiang.
Features of Shangri-La
Shangri-La is a mountain
paradise, with dense forests, alpine lakes, grasslands, and gorges
distributed among the meadows and plains.
Shangri-La is home to more than 20 ethnic groups, with the Tibetans
comprising the majority of the population. It is a great place to experience
the Tibetan lifestyle and religion,
especially if you have no chance to visit Tibet.
Highlights of Shangri-La
Lamasery, known as the Little
Potala Palace, is the largest Tibetan Buddhist temple complex in Yunnan
Province. It houses many Buddhist statues and precious cultural treasures.
Pudacuo National Park is a stunning display of nature,
with lakes, forests, meadows, streams, brooks, and rare plants and animals.
The Meili Snow Mountains, the highest mountains in Yunnan Province, are a holy land of
pilgrimage for Tibetan Buddhists.
Tiger Leaping Gorge, located
between Lijiang and Shangri-La, is one of the world's deepest and most
marvelous gorges. It's often cited as China's top hiking route.
Best Times for a Visit
The best time to visit Shangri-La is March to October. The mountain weather
in Shangri-La is very changeable. So remember to pack a jacket even if you
travel in summer as early morning and evening can get quite cool.
We advise that you avoid winter, because the city practically shuts down and
transportation is often halted by snow storms.
Tips for Your Trip
1. Compared with Kunming and
Lijiang, Shangri-La is a remote county.
The hotel rooms meet normal Chinese standards, but the general service standard
may be lower than in other cities. For example, hotels usually serve more
Chinese food and less Western food for breakfast, and fewer hotel employees
2. Shangri-La is at an altitude of
over 3,000 meters (9,800 ft). You may experience. So prepare well
for high-altitude sickness and give yourself a couple of days to acclimatize.
3. Shangri-La is home to many
ethnic minorities, each living by their own customs and traditions. When
visiting ethnic villages, be respectful,
and observe any notices regarding what to do and not to do.
Most Popular Tours with Shangri-La
Shangri-La is a land endowed with
breathtaking natural scenery and holy religious atmosphere. It is included in
these popular Yunnan itineraries:
The above tour plans are just samples to
give you an idea of what is possible. We are always very happy to tailor-make a
journey according to your interests and requirements.