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Shangri-La seems like a dream travel destination for everyong. It has been regarded as the "Eden in dream" which could not possibly exist on Earth, since it first appeared in the novel Lost Horizon written by James Hilton a British novelist. Known as the "sun and moon in heart" in Tibetan, Shangri-La is the capital of Diqing County situated just north of Yunnan Province, adjoins to Sichuan and Tibet. The snowy mountains, endless grassland, azure lakes and grand gorges attract people home and abroad to have its beauty unveiled.

Scores of years have witnessed the failure of numerous efforts to seek out and pinpoint the exact location of this dreamland. A few years ago, after years of persistent searching and researching, the government of Yunnan Province finally declared the discovery of Shangri-La and the long lost horizon was recovered in Diqing, this stunning prefecture in Yunnan Province. Inhabited by many different ethnic groups, Tibetans comprise the majority of the population in this area. So travelers will have an opportunity to experience Tibetan life, culture, religion and cuisine.

The temperature in Shangri-La is vastly different in the south grasslands and north plateau. The south is warm and rainy, and the coldest months are from December to February, where crossing the passes become nearly impossible. The best time to travel is during the annual horseracing festival (June), when local cuisine and cultural performances are at their best. Below is the detailed guide to Shangri-La attractions. Welcome to check out our other pages for more travel information about Shangri-La. Feel free to contact us if you plan to travel to Shangri-La. We will provide the professional advice, individual itinerary and excellent travel service.

Shangrila Attractions Guide

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  • Mosuo PeopleMosuo people is a branch of Naxi ethnic group, living on the banks of Lugu Lake, in the border area between Yanyuan County of Sichuan Province and Ninglang County of Yunnan Province. The travel guide here will introduce you some f ... ...
  • Lugu LakeLugu Lake travel guide: it lies 200 kilometers from the center of Lijiang City in Yunnan Province. The lake covers a total area of 52 square kilometers, in shape of a horse's hoof-long from north to south, and narrow from east to ... ...
  • Napa LakeNapa Lake Travel Guide: the lake is situated in northwestern Yunnan province, just 8 km north of Zhongdian County, boosts grasslands and beautiful lakes which attract many species of birds including the endangered Black-necked cra ... ...
  • Shudu LakeShudu Lake Travel Guide: the lake is located northeast of Zhongdian, about 43 km from the city. It is one of the biggest lakes in Diqing Prefecture, about 3705 meters above the sea level. Now the lake is constructed into a high-la ... ...
  • Songzang Lin Lama TempleSongzanglin Lama Temple, also known as Guihua Temple, is located at the foot of Foping Mountain, about 5 kilometers from Shangri-la. It was built in 1679 as one of the thirteen Lama Temple which were built under the order of the E ... ...
  • Golden Sand RiverThe Golden Sand River is situated on the upper reaches of Yangtze River in the northern Yunnan Province, runs between the Salween and Mekong Rivers. Between the rivers, are mountain peaks, which range from 3,300 meters to 5,600 me ... ...
  • Tiger Leaping GorgeThe Tiger Leaping Gorge is located in the Golden Sand River, the upper reaches of the Yangtze River, about 105 Kilometers south of Zhongdian County. The gorge is about 17 kilometers long with a drop of 213 meters. The gorge is one ... ...

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Name:Shangri-La Reply

Is Shangri-La mentioned by JamesHilton’s novel “LostHorizon” in China, where is it? What’s exact travel attraction?


Shangri-La described by novel of JamesHilton attractive numerous of people to yearn towards. Travel to Shangri-La is a must do thing for everybody. Actually, Shangri-La refers to Zhongdian county, Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan,southeast China. It has been regarded as the "Eden in dream", Utopia, Xanadu which could not possibly exist on Earth. Famous attractions there are Tiger Leaping Gorge, Golden Sand River, Songzang Lin Lama Temple, etc. Besides, travelers will have an opportunity to experience Tibetan life, culture, religion and cuisine there.

Name:Shangrila Travel Guide Reply

I am planning for a holidays in shangrila early August next year. Is it a good time to visit? Is the weather in August very hot? What will i expect to see in August month? I am from Malaysia, so may i know how to get there? Please also suggest the duration of stay. Thanks.

Name:Re:Shangrila Travel Guide

It is ok for your time. It’s not very hot and in the morning and afternoon, it is a little cold. So you need bring the common summer clothes and some long sleeves. But more important, you need bring some sunscreen cream to protect yourself from the ultraviolet ray because of the high altitude. There are a lot of famous scenic sights for you to visit there, like Songzanlin Lamasery, Pudacuo National Park, Napa Lake, the old town of Dukezong etc. You can fly to Diqing from Kuala Lumpur. If you you just stay in shangrila, 2-3 days is ok, but if you have enough time, you can also stay longer to visit some other places around shangrila.