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Jian Tang County
Shangri-La is a small town in the Yunnan province in southwest China, but usually this name refers to a broader area in the mountains. Formerly, Shangri-La town was known as Zhong Dian, so once you arrive you will find plenty of references to this.
Shangri-La is the place where you start to feel a taste of Tibet and the town itself lies just over three thousand meters high in the mountains. If you come to Shangri-La you can't miss the Gauden Sumtseling Gompa, one of the most important monasteries in whole of China. It's an hour's walk just north of the town and you will find a monastery more than three hundred years old full of monks. If you can't make it to Tibet, here you'll have a pretty authentic taste of it.
Shangri-La has become famous because official entities in China declared this town to be the location of the fictional Shangri-La described in the book “The Lost Horizon.” This town transformed itself from a small village just a few years ago to a touristic destination. Due to the altitude and weather, you should only visit Shangri-La between March and October -– in the other months there aren't many things available, as most restaurants and hostels close their doors and some roads are also unavailable. Don't miss a tour by yourself or organized to the mountain villages around.
Usually people arrive in Shangri-La on buses coming from Chengdu, Kunming, or Lijiang, but it is not an easy trip and many times it takes you more than three days to arrive. Be prepared for very high altitudes and cold weather.
The hostels in Shangri-La are very basic and probably you won't have all the comfort you need with the freezing temperatures; many of Shangri-La's hostels don't have hot water twenty-four hours a day, so ask before booking. Anyway, the friendly Shangri-La's hostel staff and other travelers can put you in the right mood to enjoy the best of your stay.
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N's Kitchen & Lodge
"… guesthouse! Hope you enjoy our budget comfort house. All the rooms are with bathrooms inside,even dorms.Our superior double room is 30sqm. big and clean. We promise: 24 hours hot showers! wifi and free computer helpful english travel advice quality westerm food (try our monster yak burger to surprise you) We may have the best dorm in town And we are perfectly located in the heart of the old town, just 10 meters to the...
Shangri-La Lamtin Hostel
"… Services******** 1. Free Internet access and WIFI 2. Warm Traveler's lounge and spacious courtyard with plenty of sunshine 3. Free headset for computers 4. Tour information 5.. Free nationwide phone calls in China 6. Large common room with CD player, soft sofa and Tibetan fireplace 7. Comfortable outside soft benches for sunshine and fresh air. ********HOSTEL TOURS******* 1. Bicycle trip to...
Shangri-la Swallow's Nest Hostel
"… is tastefully furnished, offering clean, comfortable and intimate rooms. It comprises sta ndard rooms (double or twin beds) each with en-suite bathroom,Basic rooms(double or twin beds) Shared bathroom and family room,as well as a comfortable lobby with fabulous music, books and magazines, sofa.All the rooms are central heated from Nov to the next Mar, and during the other months there are also heating blanket in all rooms. We...
Dragoncloud International Hostel
Jian Tang County
"No. 94 Bei Men Street, Jian Tang County, Shagrila, Yunnan, 674400, Shangri-la" … "… magazines, sport magazines and others will be found in the reading area. We also provide broadband Internet, computer, printing (both black & white & Color) and CDR burning services. Travel Services 1、Local Tibetan House visiting. The Tibetan family you visit will perform traditional Tibetan songs and dance, and provide food and...
"… with attached Bath Room / constant hot water. There are 2 & 3 beds Dorm room, give you the best view of the old town... hot showers 24/7, is provided in spacious common bathroom. Tavern Kitchen provide Breakfasts / Dinner Set Meals at a very low cost.... yes, Ice Beer & Pizza. Please enquire from our hostel staff... Common area with Free DVD movie / Internet / WIFI. Yes, laundry facility. Tavern is open throughout the year...
Lao Shay Youth Hostel
"… full blossoms in the summer, while blushing chamaejasme discloses its fiery nature in fall. In the winter, the same piece of meadow covers itself with a silvery white blanket and even houses will find themselves having a newly-formed layer of icing. This is the perfect land for photographers and those who appreciate the beauty of nature. Most are attracted to Shangri-la by the \'Lost Horizon\' of James Hilton and wonder where...
Collect View Inn
"Our hostel is 3 minutes walking from the center of the old town of Shangri-La near the Baiji-temple. The hostel is an old tibetian style house. We offer single-rooms as well as rooms for two, three or four persons. They have all a bathroom inside, TV and free Internet in the room. We provide electric blankets and in the winter we have heaters in our rooms. Our staff will help you with all your questions about Shangri-La and your...
Tiger Leaping Gorge Janes Tibetan Guesthouse
"… We hane very clean dorms , doubles with or without bathroom, twins and single rooms. Throughout the day you can enjoy Chinese and western dishes from a waste menu. There is free internet and laundry facilities. When starting the hike, you can leave your luggage behind (5 Yuan, if you stay it is for free). We also provide you with all information necessary for the Gorge including a free map. We can arrange horses to carry your...
The Long Journey Backpackers' Lodge
"… old town, it is the ideal place for a good night's sleep. There is a nice veranda which offers panoramic views of the world's largest golden prayer wheel and the surrounding mountainscape. The cafe serves a wide range of delighting Chinese and Western food at very reasonable prices. The bar on the ground floor has a nice fireplace and features good music, movie-screening and a wide range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks....
You Jia Guesthouse
"… of rooms, they are dormitory, standard room and couple room. Public washing room, automatic washing machines(15 RMB/b) and hot water are 24 hours available for you . Standard rooms and couple rooms are finely built and renovated ,which are capacious ,bright, tranquil and equipped with independent toilets. Standing on the third floor of our House, you can get a panoramic view of the Shangrila and its beautiful scenic spots like...
"… cost. Guests can also enjoy a view of the hill side just from the hostel corridor, or clean their thoughts, or enjoy reading a book under the wonderful blue sky. or sit yourself down to a home made tasty standard traditional meal to fill up your stomach . We provide Dormitory beds for various requirements. Also provide 24 hours hot water, Free Internet and WI-FI access. We have a self catering kitchen at your disposal....
Hostel Shangri-La - Shangri-La Lao Shay YH
"… and even houses will find themselves having a newly-formed layer of icing. This is the perfect land for photographers and those who appreciate the beauty of nature. Most are attracted to Shangri-la by the 'Lost Horizon' of James Hilton and wonder where they should go in this piece of heavenly land. Many left in great disappointment after touring a few tourist attractions and spending a couple of nights in town, feeling they have...
Shangri-la Ge Sang Garden Inn
"… twin beds room, Suite room, with king bed, deluxe family en-suite. Our private rooms are equipped with all mod cons such as satellite TV, free WI-FI access, electric kettle, private shower facilities etc. We have a self-catering kitchen at your disposal. If you are interested, our experienced cook will provide you the best local food in the town. We also have a café with varied cuisine and professional fresh ground coffee for your...
The Home Tibetan Home
"… operates daily from morning to midnight at the old town. offers an excellent variety of the food, including western/Chinese and Tibetan food. There are different recreational facilities in the area. You can have a swim in the Tianshengqiao Hot Spring . The kids can play at our playground while the parents can enjoy the sun in the green house or at the terrace. The three quarters of our home are surrounded by flowers, four...
"… to hang out? Welcome to our Noah Cafe & Inn!(the olive inn) We have a restaurant opposite the Noah Inn, offering excellent Western and Middle eastern cuisine. Whether steak,pizza,Falafel ,Baba Ghanoush,Shish Kebab all kinds of delicious food, a cup of cappuccino with a brownie, or real Tiramisu, we believe you will enjoy your time at the olive bistro . Our guesthouse is located in the old part of town, very close to the Old...
517 Guest House
"… day, free Wi-Fi, free CD/DVD-burning facilities and free satellite TV and films. To help you get around, we've got a book exchange, free maps and advice. There's also free luggage storage. We designed this hostel in order to provide you with the best stay in one of the most picturesque cities of China. Enjoy a friendly, fun and intimate atmosphere for young travellers, hopefully making you feel at home. We renovated the...
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