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Shangri La Travel Guide
Shangri-La or Xianggelila is a county-level city in northwestern Yunnan province, People’s Republic of China and is the location of the seat of the Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture. The second town with this name is in Sichuan, and known as the gateway to Yading National Park. Shangri-La (Zhongdian), an earthly paradise, at 3,450 meters high, is located in Diqing, Yunnan Province. It was the British writer James Hiltons novel, The Lost Horizon, some 80 years ago, that brought fame to an unknown and uncontaminated place – Shangri-La – a household name. Traveling here, you’ll lose yourselves in old towns, Buddhist monasteries, picturesque lakes, the breathtaking beauty and the hospitality of unsophisticated Tibetan people
Historically, this area was part of the old Tibetan province of Kham but the Qing Dynasty made it administratively part of Yunnan Province in the 18th century. Today, the town is split between Tibetan and ethnic Han residents, as well as a fair smattering of Naxi, Bai, Yi and Lisu, with the surrounding countryside almost entirely Tibetan.
While the crass name change in 2001 was a sign of the desire for increasing mass tourism a la Lijiang, the town has got nowhere near Lijiang’s crowds, and it’s still possible to experience the area’s Tibetan heritage and see gorgeous countryside in near isolation.
Zhongdian was renamed Shangrila for marketing reasons. Signs in bus stations still use Zhongdian. There is also a third name in Tibetan, Gyelthang. The original Shangrila, from James Hilton’s novel The Lost Horizon, was a (fictional) hidden paradise whose inhabitants lived for centuries. Hilton (who never went to China) located his Shangri-La in the Kunlun mountains which form the border between Tibet and Xinjiang near the southern branch of the old Silk Road. The Hunza Valley in Pakistan claims to be “the original Shangrila“.
Elements of Hilton’s story were apparently inspired by National Geographic articles about various places in eastern Tibet, written by an American who lived in Lijiang, hence China‘s rationale for claiming the name. Local Khampa Tibetans claim that the name Shangri-la was most likely derived from their word for paradise “Shambala,” by Hilton through exposure to Rock’s writings on the region.
Shangri-La is blessed with natural attractions, such as snowcapped mountains, meadows, gorges, and national parks, which offer different sceneries in different seasons. It is important to check the weather before you plan your trip.
Best time to visit Shangri-La
With an altitude of 3,380m, located at the point where Yunnan, Tibet and Sichuan all meet, Shangri-La (Zhongdian) is a humid plateau climate. The four seasons are not markedly different, but the temperatures here change much between day and night. Generally speaking, the best time to visit Shangri-La is March to August. During this period, the weather is favorable and the wide flowers are blossom everywhere. September to November are also the favorite time.
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