Hostels in Shangri-La, China

6 hostels available. Prices start from $3 for a dorm bed.

Hostels in Shangri-La

#1 Top Rated
$ Cheapest

Tavern 47

Old Town
Free Breakfast
Party Hostel
"…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 and there is a … More
Adventure Hostels Party Hostel Solo Traveller Youth Hostel
11, Yinuo Mulang, Beimen Street More

Shangri-La Lao Shay Youth Hostel

Ni Shi Vilage
Free Breakfast
Adventure Hostels Party Hostel Solo Traveller Youth Hostel
"…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 … More
Family-Friendly Hostel Solo Traveller Youth Hostel
#31 Cuolang, Dukezong Ancient Town, Jiantang Town More
Party Hostel Solo Traveller
"…Each village in the Tibetan areas and junctions have a symbol of peace and good fortune Baita guard this land and the people in each division bell Drum can see grandmothers with a pious heart to … More

Barley Hostel

Old Town
Free Breakfast
"Welcome to Shangri-la Barley Hostel. Where you can enjoy the sunshine, blue sky and flowers here, this Old red Traditional Tibetan style house with a gorgeous apple tree garden, also lots of … More

Hotels in Shangri-La

"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, … More
"…Check in from 14:00 Check out before 12 : 00. Payment upon arrival by cash and credit card Taxes included General: No curfew. No Smoking. Reception working hours 24 hours" …"We provide … More

Guest Houses in Shangri-La

"…2).Our check in time is after 2pm and check out time is before 12:00 noon. 3).We accept cash payment only upon arrival." …"The property is located in the middle of Dukezong Old Town.It is 3 kms … More
"…1).1 day advance notice for free cancellation. 2).We accept cash payment only upon arrival. 3).Our check in time is after 1pm and check out time is before 11am." …"…1. From the airport,only taxi … More

Hostels in Shangri-La, China

6 hostels available. Prices start from $3 for a dorm bed.

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 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.

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 β€œThe 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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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.
Total number of hostels 6
Average dorm price $8
Average private room price $19
Cheapest hostel in Shangri-La Tavern 47 with $6.5
Party hostels in Shangri-La Tavern 47 (4 in total)
Most Shangri-La hostels are located in Old Town, Ni Shi Vilage
Average rating of all hostels 6.7

FAQ about Shangri-La Hostels

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4 Cheapest Hostels in Shangri-La

4 Cheapest Hostels in Shangri-La

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