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Shangri-La
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.
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Pudacuo National Park
4.5/5
6,236 Reviews
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.
Balagezong Grand Canyon
4.8/5
2,211 Reviews
Canyon
Balagezong Grand Canyon offers breathtaking natural scenery. Here, you can visit the deep canyon, the awe-inspiring snowy mountains. You can choose to kayak in the valley, or visit the primitive, photogenic ancient Tibetan villages. You will also see a thousand-year Bodhi tree, the branch of which resembles human palms. It's quite fantastic. The naturally-formed Buddhist tower is also a special attraction in the park. You have to trek from the end of the Jiala village road in order to visit the Buddhist tower.
Tiger  Leaping  Gorge
4.6/5
2,498 Reviews
Canyon
Tiger Leaping Gorge is famous for its size. It is located in the eastern part of Hutiaoxia Town, Shangri-La County. It is divided into three sections: upper, middle and lower gorges, with a total length of about 20 kilometers. In the middle of the gorge is the Jinsha River. On both sides are the snow-capped mountains of Yulong and Haba. The narrowest part of the river is only twenty or thirty meters and with the huge drop, the river flows very rapidly! Tiger Leaping Gorge is also a world-renowned hiking resort visited by many outdoor enthusiasts every year.
Shika Snow Mountain
4.5/5
527 Reviews
Mountain
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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Travelogue

The Beauty of Ancient Chinese City Names and What It Means 2020
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Ever wondered what prominent place names mean in Chinese? Explore their hidden beauty in this short article.
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An Insider’s Travel Guide to China: Xi’an, Guilin and Yangshuo, Zhangjiajie and More
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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.
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The Incredible Natural Waterfalls in Shangri-La
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Shangri-La
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”.
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Oct 26, 2020 Shangri-La Weather:Sunny, Northeasterly Wind:0-10 kph, Humidity:92%, Sunrise/Sunset:07:28/18:42
Shangri-La Travel:Suitable, Umbrella:Advised, UV Strength:Moderate

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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.
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