Shangri-la, meaning "Sun and Moon in Heart" in Tibetan, reveals an enduring charm of sparsely populated beauty and intriguing blend of Tibetan and Han culture. Located in Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan, Shangri-la is a mysterious land dotted with snow-capped mountains, glaciers, canyons, meadows and lakes not known to the world until the publication of the novel Lost Horizon by James Hilton (1900–1954) in 1933.
Classic attractions like Pudacuo National Park, Songzanlin Monastery and Old Town of Shangri-la are all included for your full taste of the stunning landscape, religious belief and Tibetan culture in Shangri-la.
With various trip options, customized services and NO-SHOPPING policy, we are devoted to providing you a hassle-free and wonderful experience in Shangri-la.
Shangri-la Day Tours
Escape from the chaos of the city and discover the magic of Shangri-la on our selected day tour leading you to top scenic spots such as Old Town of Shangri-la, Pudacuo National Park, etc., where you are provided with a good chance to absorb the essences of its natural beauty and pay a visit to a local Tibetan family to experience their daily life.
Classic Yunnan Tours including Shangri-la
Extended tours added with other popular cities in Yunnan such as Kunming, Daili, Lijiang, etc. are specially designed for further exploration and deeper understanding of Southwest China. If none of the following tours suits your interest, please feel free to contact us and tailor make your own Shangri-la tour. Our professional tour experts will respond to you with best travel advice within 24 hours.
Top Questions about Shangri-la Tours
- When is the best time to visit Shangri-la?
- The scenery in Shangri-la varies with four seasons, but all amazing.
It turns into a sea of flowers from May to July every year, when the meadows gradually turn green and 150 kinds of azaleas blossom together; but the flowers are the most varied in summer regardless of a bit burdensome for being the rainy season.
Shangri-la looks its best in September and October for brilliant sunshine and rich colors highlighted by lush grassland and numerous wild flowers, which makes it a dream destination for photography.
And when the winter comes, it will clad in silvery white for you to enjoy the peaceful snow sight with less tourists.
- Should I prepare against the altitude illness when traveling in Shangri-la?
- Generally not, most people will get used to the altitude (3200 meters) by drinking a lot of water and avoiding strenuous exercise such as running, etc. So it’s not a problem while considering a trip to Shangrila.
Yet, the probability of altitude sickness is a little higher for those who live in the coastal plains. And for the elderly and children, the probability of having effect will also increase by 50%.
- How many days are recommended to visit Shangri-la?
- Join a tour for three days and two nights will allow you to cover all highlights including Songzanlin Monastery, Old Town of Shangri-la and Pudacuo National Park while longer stay is also recommended for those who would like to soak in the tranquil atmosphere at leisure and explore more since this mysterious land has so much to offer for your enjoyable experience.