Zhongdian Tours & Travel Guide
In the year of 1893, James Hilton described an eternally peaceful and quiet place called Shangri-La amongst mountains in the East in one of his novels. In the novel Lost Horizon, an English diplomat and his brother scattered the English citizens and helped them leave the dangerous region. James Hilton located "Shangri-La" in a mysterious valley which was surrounded by snowcapped mountains, near where there were snow-clad peaks, blue lakes, broad grassy marshlands, and lamaseries, Buddhist nunneries, mosques, and Catholic Church. It has been the paradise of life and tour where you can enjoy a peaceful and quiet life, take cultural tours and adventures around. Let's us customize your Zhongdian-Shangri la tour.
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Introduction to Zhongdian - Shangri La
In 1893, James Hilton described an eternally peaceful and quiet place called Shangri-La amidst mountains in the East in a novel. In the novel Lost Horizon, an English diplomat and his brother helped English citizens leave a dangerous region. On their way home their plane was hijacked and fell in the mountain within the Tibetan region. Some lucky survivors were taken to Shangri-la where they found fantastic things that were nearly 200 years ago.
The Best Time for Traveling to Shangri-La
The Best Time: from May to July and from September to October
Located on the plateau area, Shangri-La has various topographies. As nature exerts a deep influence on Shangri-La, it’s very important for you to pick a right time to go visit. The best time for you to travel to Shangri-La is between May and July and from September to October. Regardless of the festivals there, the weather during this period is definitely perfect for traveling. The fully blossoming flowers, the green trees and grasses and the blue sky won’t fail to attract attention. There are also great differences in temperature between the day and night during this period of time.
The Culture in Shangri-La
An Ideal World and the Kingdom of Freedom
Along with Tibetan yurts, the Naxi wooden houses and the Han houses with round bases and ogival roofs, Shangri-La is dazzlingly brilliant in the bright sunlight. People of different ethnic groups happily habitat this peaceful land. Many years have passed and they’ve still kept their lifestyles like their ancestors. However, the difference between them is no estrangement. When the Tibetan Horse Racing Festival comes, the Naxi people play their musical instrument and the Yi people perform their dances to cheer the warriors up.
Shangri La Travel Tips
Safety and Healthcare
Since Shangri-La is higher in altitude than Lijiang, it’s more likely for the visitors to develop altitude sickness there. Thus, people that can be easily affected by altitude sickness should bring oxygen bags, drugs for altitude sickness and medicines for diarrhea and headache with them. In consideration of the intense polar radiation, sun creams (of high SPF), sunglasses are necessary. Additionally, enough clothes should be prepared in case of differences in temperature throughout the day and night.
Shopping in Shangri-La
Located in the plateau, Shangri-La is rarely affected by man-made contamination and rich in natural resources. It’s wealthy in wild medical herbs as aweto, white snow tea, red snow tea, fritillary, gastrodiae, angelica, saussurea, saffron and musk. Amongst all the residents in Shangri-La, the Tibetans account quite a lot. Thus, the Tibetan medicine there is also very famous. Such medicines which are made from rare herbs include the 70 flavor glutinous pearl pills, the 25 flavor glutinous pearl pills and the rin-chen-grang-sbyor pills which are all effective in treatment.
A Brief Introduction to the Catering in Shangri-La
Yunnan, Sichuan and Tibetan dishes are most popular in Shangri-La County. You can find a restaurant there easily since various restaurants are all over the county. The Sichuan and Yunnan dishes are quite similar in that they are both hot. Also, you can also taste the Yunnan rice-flour thin noodles and round rice noodles there. As for Tibetan dishes, most of them are made up of the local beef and Tibetan snacks like tsambas, buttered tea and big pancakes are available. The various hotels there offer various local delicacies.
Luxury Hotels in Shangri La
Banyan Tree Ringha
Located at Shangri-La, the border between Yunnan Province and Tibet Autonomous Region is the Banyan Tree Ringha. It features a combination of hotel culture of the Banyan Tree and local ambience. The hotel will give you a unique accommodation experience that is unforgettable.