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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" … "… House visiting. The Tibetan family you visit will perform traditional Tibetan songs and dance, and provide food and drinks. The whole visiting will last for 2 hours and you will only need to pay the Tibetan family RMB40 directly. 2、 Car/bicycle rental Bicycle rental: RMB15/day or RMB2/hour Car and Jeep rental provided as well. 3、...
"… / 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, laundry facility. Tavern is...
Lao Shay Youth Hostel
"… the hostel is located at the countryside, does not have the mesh wire, only then provides free WIFI in 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm All year long, the meadow in front of the hostel is scattered with flocks of yak, pigs and sheep. Flowers are in their 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...
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
"… walking from the center of the old town of Shangri-La. The hostel is a traditional wooden Tibetan house. Affordable, cosy atmosphere , clean, comfortable and with 24 hour hot water. Our hostel provides you with various accommodation with affordable rates. All the rooms come with a bathroom inside as well as TV and free Internet. We provide electric blankets so you can have a good night's sleep. Besides, there is a communal...
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...
Snow Lion Lodge
"… frame, not bunk) and private rooms tastefully decorated in Tibetan style. A lounge area with a traditional wood-fired heater provides a comfortable setting to meet other guests, enjoy a cup of local yak butter tea or catch up on emails using our free wifi. Our friendly English-speaking managers are on hand to ensure your stay with us is an enjoyable one. They are also able to help you organise daytrips, tours and transport to...
Big Blue Hostel & Backpackers
"Big blue hostel & Backpackers is nearby the Shangri-la bus-station, convenience transport, offer you the accommodation including privates and dormitories ,Wifi is available everywhere.TV,air-conditioning,electric blankets,24-hour hot shower are well-equipped in rooms.Hostel serves you with a 24-hour front-desk, local tour arrangement and bicycle rental. 3km from Shangri-la old town, 5km from Napa Lake and Songtsamlin monastery." …...
Shangri-la E-Outfitting Star Hostel
"Stop at Shangri-La E-Outfitting Star Hostel to discover the wonders of Shangri-La. The hotel has everything you need for a comfortable stay. Facilities like car park, 24-hour room service, Wi-Fi in public areas, bar, smoking area are readily available for you to enjoy. Each guestroom is elegantly furnished and equipped with handy amenities. Access to the hotel's garden will further enhance your satisfying stay. Discover all Shangri-La has to...
Shangri-La Baita International Youth Hostel
"… division bell Drum can see grandmothers with a pious heart to bless their loved ones and friends and prayer . Baita , the Tibetan children the protection of God , because of the spiritual sustenance and spiritual beliefs , this piece really snowy plateau and the mountains so sacred and pure. Here, every leaf , every flower, every possession of a lazy dog lying in the sun , everything were so beautiful. Shangri-la Baita...
N's Kitchen & Lodge
"it is a buget hostel in shangri-la,clean and quiet, with a nice garden with good sunshine,great location,a lot fun for backpackers. Quality western food,english magazine and books exchange. And we alao arrange some nice tours around shangri-la.help you know more about shangrila room type: twin room ,double room, family room ,and 8 beds dormitory and the room with private bathroom, all room have private bathroom and Wi-Fi" … "…...
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...
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...
Shangri-la Swallow's Nest Hostel
"… is with skylight ,can see the stars when you lie down on the bed at night. 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...
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. The...
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...
Sol Tree Inn
"… family room, double bed room, dorm of many room types for you to choose. Especially the tibetan suite contains exclusive tibetan wood carving, wall painting and fireplace in the living room and also allocated with tibetan sofas, a particular specialty of our yard. All beddings in the guest rooms are changed for every guest, it's clean and neat, comfortable and warm, of course, your ideal choice for your vocation. Sol Tree Inn is...
"… 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...
"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...
Shangajoy Seasons Inn
"… some joys and insight contents to your tour in Shangri-la as return. Shangajoy Seasons Inn is a specialized hostel in Shangli-ra Old Town. Combined with lodging, dinning and entertaining, we offer various comfy and convenient services. Here you will not only stay in our hostel to your content, and also can join our own designed tour plans. Our hostel is the biggest yard reserved in Old Town Square Central Area after the FIRE....
Shangri-la 517 Inn
"Shangri-La 517 Inn is 2-minute walking distance away from Moonlight Square and the temple, the centre of the ancient town. Offering warm atmosphere, Shangri-la 517 Inn provides guests with various accommodation with affordable rates. After check in, travellers can enjoy postal service. Appointed to the highest standard of comfort and cozy, the guestrooms are equipped with kettle, cable TV and private bathroom with western toilet. 517...
6 Hong Xue Lang St, Dokhzar Zong Old Town
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