Fast facts about Shangri-La, China
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Traveler impressions of Shangri-La
Not my expectation, polluted,very commercial and mostly business by out sided people from others province.
Especially the horse riding cost Renmi180, they spoilt the nature of the field. I would be coming back anymore.
This country is so scenic and beautiful. There are many snow mountains and national parks that you can visit.
This is definitely one of the places on my bucket list!
Wonderful National Park with beatiful plants, and very big green field with beautiful animals. A great place for relaxation and the scenery of the great nature.
Still natural compare with other city in china has been commercialize due to tourism, People who has interest on the history and religion should visit Songzanlin just smaller than the popular Potala Palace in Tibet.
Shangri-La is right on the edge of Tibet, and is a good place to go for a taste of Tibetan culture if you're not keen on all the hassle of going into Tibet itself.
It's also a good place to escape the crowds, especially more so now when things are even quieter after the fire that consumed 1/3 of the Dukezong old town. Even if there isn't much of the old town left to see, Shangri-La is also a good base from which to explore attractions in the area like the Songzanlin Monastery, Shika Mountain, Meili Mountain, Pudacuo National Park (China's only national park) and more.
We walked the cobbled streets of Dukezong (Shangrila)Yunnan on Monday/Tuesday - Jan 6/7 before it was destroyed by a massive fire on Jan 10th and which was reported across all the major newswires.
We are of course saddened by this loss and the pain, sorrow inflicted on the inhabitants, especially in the midst of a cold winter when the water pipes are frozen and there's a shortage of electricity. We will always carry with us memories of the building structures etc and what we had seen before these were destroyed by the fire
City only justifies 1 or 2 days - but if you have time need to get into countryside which often involves overnight stay (I did not have time to do this).
Need to get to Shangri-la quick as it is becoming very touristy - everything being advertised as 'genuine Tibetan'. Old town interesting but also very touristy. Songzanlin Monastery interesting - can get there very easily on a No. 3 bus. Taxi drivers and bus drivers very friendly and helpful (quite a contrast to the often abrupt and unhelpful taxi drivers in large cities such as Beijing). I am glad I went.
Shangri-La is an awesome area with fantastic scenery. Plenty to do from walking the old city, visiting the Songlanzing monastery, cycling napa hai grasslands, potatso national park and plenty more.
A good place to get outdoors.
Another traditional town transformed onto an artificial touristic cash maker, including a fake buddist temple up on a hill with the biggest ever praying weel.
Nice tibetan streets turned to souvenir shops and night pubs. Budda is for sure not there. However, Shangrila is a good place to spend the night and to visit tibetan villages, Baisuitian, or the northern border with Tibet.
Beautiful area. You can try Yak meat here, it's really good. Arro Khampa-Damien & Ting's Tibetan Bistro is the best restaurant!
download Google translation app, visit Napa LAke, Naxi village, Shika Mt, plenty good shopping and eating , history Tibetan area, religious temples,
enjoyed our stay in shangri-la plenty of tourist attractions but be warned when you travel to any national park in china there is usually a 100y plus fee to pay.
...we were not aware of this extra expence
Best things to visit are the Monasteries, the National Park, Tiger Leaping Gorge, Tibetan houses and the old town.