In Tibetan, Shangri-La has the meaning of "the sun and moon in the heart", where you can breathe Buddhism atmosphere, and it is a wonderful destination for getting off the beaten track, with plenty of trekking and horse-riding opportunities, as well as little-visited monasteries and villages.

Famous for its alias - “the little Potala Palace”, Songzanlin Lamasery in the traditional style, about an hour’s walk north from the town, has a 300-year-old history with mysterious atmosphere. With a 1300-year-old history, Dukezong Ancient Town is the biggest well-preserved ancient town inhabited with Tibetans. Its names means “Moonlight City”, and it was a key stop on the ancient Tea-Horse Road and an important hub of Han-Tibetan exchanges. With 13 peaks at the altitude of 6000m above sea level, Meili Snow Mountain is an UNESCO natural site, located about 10km northeast of Deqin County, dividing Yunnan from Tibet. Standing at Feilaisi Temple, tourists can get the panorama view of the 13 towering peaks and its glaciers.

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Tracing along the Ancient Tea-Horse Road, accompany you to explore the time-honoured history and exotic cultural customs in the “Last Paradise” - Shangri-La and surroundings in Yunnan.

Quick Facts of Shangri-La

  • Altitude:

    Songzanlin Monastery(3,380m), Dukezong Old Town(3,300m), Meili Snow Mountain(6,000m)

  • Best Time to Go:

    All Year Round (especially Dragon Boat Festival and Mid-autumn Festival)

  • What to See:

    Songzanlin Lamasery, Dukezong Ancient Town, Meili Snow Mountain, etc.

  • How to Go:

    Tourists can get to Shangri-La by bus from Kunming, Lijiang, Dali, Deqin, Daocheng and Panzhihua in Sichuan or take flight from Kunming, Xishuangbanna, Chengdu, Lhasa, Guangzhou, Chongqing, Beijing, and Shanghai to Shangri-La Diqing Airport.

Shangri-La Travel Guide

Amazed by Tibetan style monasteries and buildings in Yunan? have made a set of Shangri-La travel advice for your reference.

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