Located at point where Tibet, Sichuan and Yunnan all meet, Shangri-La County is administered by Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan Province. In the past, it was called Zhongdian or "Jiantang" in Tibetan. In ancient times, it together with Batang (in Tibet) and Litang (in Sichuan) was the fiefdom of the three sons of a Tibetan King. In 2002, Zhongdian changed its name to Shangri-La.
English Name: Shangri_la
Chinese Name: 香格里拉 (Xiang ge li la)
Administration Type: County
Location: 27°78' N, 99°72' E
Area: 11,613 square kilometers (around 4,484 square miles)
Position: It's in the northwest of Yunnan Province and bordered by Tibet and Sichuan.
Population: about 130,000
Nationalities: Tibetan, Yi, Naxi, Bai, Hui, Han...
Zip Code: 674400
Area Code: 0887
Why to visit Shangri-la ?
Shangri-La is the "Eden in dream" and a muse-see place for most tourists to travel on their life. Since it first appeared in British novelist James Hilton's Lost Horizon in the 1939, it has been associated with the mystique of a place which could not possibly exist here on Earth. In Tibetan,Shangri-La means the "sun and moon in heart", an ideal home only found in heaven.There the lofty and continuous snowy mountains, endless grasslands, steep and grand gorges, azure lakes and the bucolic villages always leave a deep impression on visitors. See the top attractions in this area as below:
| Song Zanling Monaste|| Baishui Tableland|
|Potatso National Park||Meili Snow Mountain|| Napa Lake Nature Reserve|
How to get to Shangri-la ?
At an average altitude of more than 3,000 meters (about 9,843 feet), the county is very difficult to be reached. Without railways leading there, the chief means of transportation is motor vehicles.To get there, visitors will typically begin their journey in Kunming,traveling first to Lijiang and then taking the long-distance bus in Lijiang to get there. It's about 175 kilometers (108.74 miles) from Lijiang to Shangri-La. On this way, the Tiger Leaping Gorge can be seen.Shangri-La is rich in natural resources from valuable herbs to rich mineral deposits (including gold, silver, copper, manganese and many other rare metals) to abundant animal resources (such as golden monkeys, leopards and musk deer). This is a land full of natural wonders.
Best time to visit Shangri-la
Enjoying a typical plateau climate, it may snow in August. The prefecture is encompassed by the Hengduan Mountains, and the terrain varies greatly, so the temperature difference of a day is great, too. Sometimes visitors can even experience all the four seasons in one day. July to September is the rainy season. Visitors usually choose to visit Diqing in summer or autumn for the moderate temperature.
Shangri-la Travel Tips
The region is inhabited by many different ethnic groups, with theTibetans comprising the majority of the population. There you will have an opportunity to experience Tibetan life and learn about their lifestyle, religion and cuisine. The unique scenery, highlighted by plateaus, together with the fascinating ethnic culture makes the land very attractive and charming to visit.
As a Chinese saying goes, "The earliest sunrise is seen in Shangri-La; and the most unique place is also there". Once you visit, you will fully appreciate the meaning of this saying. In addition, the warm welcome of the residents of this land will make you feel at home.