Travel to Shangri-La, a spiritual Eden, on earth
At the edge of the vast Tibetan Plateau lies Shangri-La, a small but charming city, the capital of China's Yunnan Autonomous Region and one of the holiest sites in Chinese territory. Sangri La, formerly known as Zhondian, is a remarkable example of familiarity with Tibetan culture and religion and an idyllic area, surrounded by alpine meadows and snow-capped mountains, crystal clear lakes and bucolic villages, making it a land-based quietness, deep mysticism and spiritual contemplation.
A breathtaking natural setting overlooks the Songzanlin Monastery, also known as the "Little Potala palace", the largest complex of Tibetan temples in Yunnan Province, which looks like an ancient castle on the mountain.
The most important attraction of the city is a real gem of culture and Buddhist religion with all its priceless treasures and at the same time the ancient city of Dukezong, reflects the popular beliefs of the people and becomes the mythical city of the moon, Shambhala, in the shape of a lotus flower, inhabited by the happiest people on earth. Full of lively pulse and endless dynamic energy, the heart of the old town beats loudly in the central Moon Square and the bustling Square Street reveals, richly, the treasures of local art production. The nearby Pudacuo National Park, of exceptional biodiversity and scenery of absolute natural beauty, framed by crystal clear blue lakes, rivers and streams with gurgling waters and green meadows, delights the senses and heart and leads every visitor to an exciting journey.
Food and local cuisine
The local cuisine in the area exhibits many influences from Tibetan cuisine. Choose dishes such as Yak Hot pot which is the most traditional dish of the region, a kind of soup with yak meat, garlic, onion, radishes, potatoes, mushrooms and other vegetables. Matsutake mushroom is used in many variations (butter fried Matsutake), while yogurt from milk yak and butter tea, tea with salt, oil and spices are worth trying.
The best season to visit Shangri-La
The best time for a trip to Shangri-La is the period from March to October, as the temperatures are ideal, the weather is warm and pleasant, without much rain. At the same time it is the period of great flowering of nature.
How to move around Shangri-La
Transport from/to Shangri-La
Shangri-La Diqing Shangri La Airport is 5 km outside the city center and serves a limited number of domestic flights. Transportation to the city center is achieved by bus or taxi.
Transportation in the city is mostly done by public transport, such as buses. There are a total of 6 city bus lines, which connect the areas of great tourist interest. Alternatively use taxis, chartered cars or mini buses, and even a horse for special travel in areas around the city where car access is impossible, such as Lake Bitakai