Shangri-La Tours

Shangri-La Tours — Home of the Little Potala Palace

Shangri-La in Yunnan Province in south China was once known as Zhongdian (a Mandarin name). In 2002, it was renamed Shangri-La to promote tourism after the fictional Tibetan place in Lost Horizon by James Hilton, who got some of his inspiration from descriptions by explorer Joseph Rock, who spent 27 years in Yunnan near Shangri-La. Shangri-La means 'the Sun and Moon in the Heart' in Tibetan.

Located on the southeast edge of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, Shangri-La enjoys magnificent mountain-scapes — snow-capped mountains, deep gorges, rushing rivers, and tranquil lakes. The biggest Tibetan Buddhist Temple in Yunnan Province, Songzanlin Lamasery, is the spiritual symbol of Shangri-La.

How to Plan Your Shangri-La Tour? It depends on what you would like to experience. Click to know more.

The Shangri-La tours that we recommended will enable you to see the best of Shangri-La and enrich your experience with some exclusive activities such as visiting a lama's dormitory, thangka painting lessons, and extension tours to the best-kept secrets of Shangri-La.

Top Recommended Yunnan Shangri-La Tours

The suggested itineraries for a private Shangri-La tour below will give you some inspiration. Please feel free to contact us no matter if you would like to combine it with the popular cities in Yunnan or would like to get off the beaten path to explore more about Shangri-La area.

Songzanlin Lamasery
Find 'the Sun and Moon in the Heart' 4-Day Shangri-La Exploration Tour
  • Songzanlin Lamasery
  • Tangka painting learning
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 Meili Snow Mountain
Discover the Best-Kept Secrets of Shangri-La 6-Day Shangri-La, Deqin and Tacheng Tour View more

Yunnan Tours including Shangri-La

Here are the recommended Yunnan tours including Shangri-La We are happy to combine any other destinations with Shangri-La according to your interests to create your private trip.

ancient city gate of Dali
Meet the Amazing Beauty of Yunnan 8-Day Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, and Shangri-La Tour
  • Mountains and Old Towns
  • Ethnic Minorities
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village on the bank of Erhai Lake
A Feast of Landscapes and Ethnic Minority Culture 7-Day Dali, Lijiang, and Shangri-La Tour> View more
Songzanlin Lamasery in Shangri-La
China Tour Featuring Shangri-La 15-Day Shanghai, Yunnan, Chengdu, Xian, and Beijing Tour> View more
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Other Popular Destinations in Yunnan

Here are the other popular cities for a Yunnan tour. Click to get more information about each destination and tours

stone forestKunming Stone Forest
Dianchi Lake
three white pagodas Dali Cangshan Mountain
Erhai Lake
pavilion and bridge Lijiang Ancient Town
Snow Mountain

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Rita had help plan a once in a lifetime tour for us last spring that we cancelled due to Covid. CH refunded our deposit in one day and wished us luck and good health. She then offered to send us masks since they were impossible to find in the US in April. 2 weeks later we received ~200 masks from CH with no charge! What a great, ethical and knowledgeable travel agent. Would rebook in a mi Ute if we knew it was safe. More...

- Greg K. from US

Had a wonderful time with our tour guides Cactus and Jin. In the time of COVID it was a great relief to have help sorting through protocols for entering tourist sights. Excellent lunch options. The juggling and sugar candy art in the hutong was a real treat. Great thing about touring now - no crowds. Highly recommended tour operator for anyone traveling to Beijing. More...

- Francisca Adenike from Canada

Shangri-La Travel Tips

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1. What's the Altitude of Shangri-La?

The altitude of Shangri-La is 3,300 meters above sea level. Most of our clients don't experience any altitude sickness problems. However, if you have a problem with your breathing or blood pressure, etc. please ask your doctor if you can visit Shangri-La.

2. Shangri-La Weather
3. Less-Well-Known Sites near Shangri-La
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