Hostels in Shangri-La, China

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Get to know Shangri-La (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Shangri-La. To help you make friends with Shangri-La before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

Guess what? Shangri-La is also named and spelled Zhongdian - It is the same destination. Goodbye confusion.

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.

Written by local enthusiast for Shangri-La hostels

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FAQ about Shangri-La Hostels

There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Shangri-La. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Shangri-La. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right? shows all 10 Hostels in Shangri-La. Simply filter by neighborhood and price to find your perfect budget place to stay. compares prices for 10 hostels in Shangri-La, China. We list for you other cheap places to stay in Shangri-La such as
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Shangri-La Lao Shay Youth Hostel is the best rated hostel for partying in Shangri-La.

It offers: Bar.

Your Packing List for Shangri-La

Your Packing List for Shangri-La

Pack smart, not hard

Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Shangri-La and China.

You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:

These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.

Get your full Packing List here

Shangri-La Hostel Cheatsheet

Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Shangri-La, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
10 Total number of hostels
$20 Average dorm price
$6 Cheapest hostel in Shangri-La
Ancient Luke Hostel is the cheapest
6 Party hostels in Shangri-La
Most Shangri-La hostels are located in
Old Town, Ni Shi Vilage
5.3 Average rating of all hostels

Other Nearby Cities

Lijiang (118 Km / 73 mi.)

Travel Tips for Shangri-La - from the Community

Hey fam! Here are a few more tips from the community, from them to you, and you to them. This space is dedicated for travellers to share their best tips on backpacking Shangri-La. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Shangri-La. Everyone is welcome to add something useful, funny, unexpected and the "absolutely necessary to know before you go" - share, share and then share a little more!

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