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About Shangri-La

Shangri-La is located in the northwestern part of Yunnan in Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture. It is located at the confluence of the three provinces of Sichuan, Yunnan and Tibet. Shangri-La was formerly known as Zhongdian County. It was renamed due to its similarity to the heavenly location described in James Hilton's 1933 novel "Lost Horizon". In Tibetan, Shangri-la means “Shang Mountain pass”. It is a pure land that perfectly preserves the area’s natural ecology and traditional culture. The grasslands surrounded by snow-capped mountains are full of bright sunshine and fresh air. There are also clear and tranquil lakes as well as magnificent temples and friendly Tibetans.

Popular Attractions in Shangri-La

Dukezong Ancient Town
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Ancient Settlement
Dukezong Ancient Town is Located on the southeast corner of Shangri-La County in Yunnan province, Dukezong Ancient Town is an ancient Tibetan town with a history of more than 1,300 years. Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture and was built for the Tubo Kingdom of the Tang Dynasty. "Dukezong" is a Tibetan pronunciation, meaning "Moonlight City" and "castle built on stone”. Dukezong Ancient Town is built on the mountain foot and the road surface was paved with slate from the ceaseless up-and-down undulations of paved roads, you can still find the faint imprints of horseshoes , which is the token left by the long-time horses and precious token from the ancient caravans since the town is the last stop of Old Tea - Horse Road.
Pudacuo National Park
5,628 Reviews
National Park
Located in the center of the Shangri-La Scenic Area, Pudacuo National Park is an important part of the world's natural heritage, called the Three Rivers Convergence. It consists of three parts, namely Bitahai, Shuduhu, and the Xiagei Folk Culture Village. The park has beautiful scenery, a well-preserved ecological environment, quiet and clear mountain lakes, vast pastures, wetlands filled with flowers and lush virgin forests. Every spring, the park is filled with blooming rhododendrons, while the Autumn brings with it the rich colors of changing leaves.
Napa Sea
467 Reviews
Located in the northwestern part of Shangri-La County, Napa Sea is a seasonal lake in the plateau. The four seasons of Napa Sea have their own characteristics. In the late summer and early autumn, it is the rainy season. At this time, the water is large, and the Napa Sea is a large lake. The summer water is full, the grass grows with small flowers, and the sheep, cattle, and horses graze in groups, blending with the grasslands. The autumn grasslands are golden and the snow peaks are reflected in the lake. In the dry season of winter and spring, the lake surface shrinks or even dried up, turning into a large swamp.
Shika Snow Mountain
421 Reviews
Shika Snow Mountain is located in the southwest of Shangri-La County, about 7 kilometers from the county and adjacent to Napa Sea. In the local Tibetan language, Shika Snow Mountain means "mountain with red deer". Although it is called snow mountain, the rocks are exposed when the spring comes. In the lower mountains, the meadows are dense and the azaleas are in full bloom. It's pleasant to wander among there.

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Posted: Dec 16, 2018


An Insider’s Travel Guide to China: Xi’an, Guilin and Yangshuo, Zhangjiajie and More
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Cultural History
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China is an enormous country. The world’s most populous nation is a case study in contradiction. Gleaming skyscrapers dot the Shanghai skyline while the garrison at Jiayuguan has guarded the country’s western approaches since the Ming Dynasty. Time seems frozen in Shangri-La, deep in remote Yunnan Province. Beijing’s modern architecture rises above centuries old, densely-packed hutongs. Everywhere you go you find a country constantly moving towards the future yet never managing to escape its past. In this short guide, we provide our recommendations to those places that captured our imagination. Places that stuck in our heart and minds long after we left. This is our insider’s travel guide to contemporary China.
TripBlog   Jan 20, 2020
The Incredible Natural Waterfalls in Shangri-La
Explore Nature
Natural Landscapes
Napa Lake: Lake in summer and meadow in winter Located in the northwestern part of Shangri-La County, Napa Lake is a seasonal alpine lake. During the rainy summer and autumn it is a large lake, surrounded by a small swamp pasture. The dry winter and spring months see the lake gradually shrink and turn into a large swamp meadow, called “Yila Grassland”.
TripBlog   Dec 25, 2019
Shangri-La, The Impression of The Most Beautiful Snow Mountain
Natural Landscapes
Outdoor Adventure
Meili Snow Mountain: The First of Holy Mountains Whose Summit Have Yet to Be Reached The Meili Snow Mountain sits at the region where the Jinsha River, Lancang River and Nujiang River flow in parallel, whose main peak, Kawa Bogegard, rises to 6740 meters, the highest peak in Yunnan Province. As the head of the eight holy Tibetan mountains, Meili is a sacred pilgrimage site for Tibetan Buddhists. People who come here are proud to see it in full. Meili Snow Mountain is still a virgin peak that has not been summited, and a place where countless mountaineering teams have been buried. The most painful event happened in 1991 when the 17 members of the Sino-Japanese joint mountaineering team were all killed. In 1996, the Chinese government banned the climbing of Meili Mountain, returning the holy mountain to its eternal peace.
TripBlog   Nov 21, 2019

Frequently Asked Questions

I recommended Shika Snow Mountain, Yila Prairie, Baishui Terrace, Bitahai Lake, Shudu Lake.
Here are the best places to visit in Shangri-La, including: Dukezong Ancient Town, Napa Sea, Shika Snow Mountain, Yila Prairie, Guishan Park.
The ancient city has a bus 3 direct access.