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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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Dragoncloud International Hostel
Jian Tang County
"No. 94 Bei Men Street, Jian Tang County, Shagrila, Yunnan, 674400, Shangri-la" … "… watching room collected over 200 films all over the world; Travel maps, travel literature, car 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....
"… size Bed,can sleep 2 persons / Twin Room. all comes 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,...
Lao Shay Youth Hostel
"… 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 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...
N's Kitchen & Lodge
"Free Breakfast for everybody! Free wifi and 24 hours hot water N's Kitchen & Lodge is perfectly located in the heart of old town, just 10 meters to the old town squre. Here you can enjoy the relaxed, cosy atmosphere. Cleaning servise is offered daily to keep the accmmodation cozy and pleasant. The owner is capable of speaking English.and the staff likes to help you to enjoy your journey in shangri-la You are all warmly...
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...
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...
Tibet Guest House Middle Tiger Leaping Gorge
"… the guesthouse is in the middle position of Tiger Leaping Gorge. Jinsha River is runnig behind it. Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is on the other side of the river, opposit to the guesthouse. Double rooms and dormitory are provided, meeting different accommodation needs. Chinese food, Western food, Tibetan Food, local food and cold beverages are offered. Furthermore, We offer free taxi pickup and drop-off within 3 KM. We can also...
Shangri-la Emma Inn
"Cannot miss - Emma Inn is one the best hosting experience in the region of Shangri La and surroundings. It provides clean, cozy, affordable, and fully fitted rooms. Managing staff is incredible, they will lead you to the best things to do in the region and can even drive you there for a very reasonable fare." … "… Square, the centre of the ancient town. Offering warm atmosphere, Shangri-la Emma Inn provides guests with...
"… 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...
Shangri-La Lamtin Hostel
"… warm for winter................. 1. Electric Room Heater 2. Electric Heating Blanket 3. Very Hot Shower water in winter *********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...
Shangri-la Swallow's Nest Hostel
"… 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 also provider services as luggage storage,...
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 Baita International YH
"… Airport a 10 minute drive away and Shangri-La Coach Terminal a 15 minute drive away. All rooms at the hostel have a seating area and cable TV and there are shared bathrooms which include shower facilities, a hairdryer and free toiletries. There’s also free Wi-Fi in all areas, a shared kitchen, more than 200 free books for guests to read, a dart board and an on-site bar that serves Tibetan meals. For those who wish to explore the...
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...
"… water 24 hours in a day, 32 inch LCD TV, heating. Living comfort from the various details can reflect on: high-grade mattress with pure cotton bedding for the weary body to bring the best release; Crest toothbrush toothpaste; Rejoice shampoo shower gel; Five-star hotel standards towel; Floor has 4 million wireless network coverage; Washing machine can use for free... In this Tibetan yard, you can enjoy the considerate and alone...
Shangri-la Ge Sang Garden Inn
"Not Willing To Fetch. - I had failed to find this hostel even though I was already near the Old Town. I phoned the staff of the hostel for help. But sad to note,he just refused to to fetch me to his hostel despite of my plea that I had tried several times but still failed. Worst still, he said he had no record of my booking reference number. Well, my advice is please do not book this kind of hostel if you are not sure where it is." …...
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....
"Tina's Hotel is located in Chu Kang Avenue of Shangri-la. It is 20-minute walking distance away from ancient city(3.5km) and 3 kilometres away from the bus terminal. Appointed to the highest standard of comfort and cozy, all the rooms are equipped with underfloor heating and cable TV." … "From Bus Terminal: It takes 10 minutes by taxi or 20 minutes on foot. Or you can call the hotel to have a free pick-up. From Airport. Take...
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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