Shangri-La, Yunnan (云南香格里拉)
Shangri-La in Yunnan
Located in northwest Yunnan Province, Shangri-La is a Tibetan county of Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, featuring spectacular landscapes and a mixture of ethnic cultures. Set in tranquil grasslands surrounded by snow-covered peaks, gorges, lakes and virgin forests, the county's attractions include the famous Tiger Leaping Gorge, Songzanlin Temple, Bita Lake Nature Reserve and Baishui Terrace (White Water Terrace). Shangri-la is at its most beautiful in May and October. In October, when leaves turn yellow and red, the area astounds visitors with its stunning vistas. Tourists can also experience the lifestyle, culture and cuisine of 13 different local ethnic groups.
Best time to visit: May and October
Tiger Leaping Gorge: 50 yuan
Songzanlin Temple: 85 yuan
Bita Lake: 30 yuan
Baishui Terrace: 30yuan
Getting there: You can fly to Diqing Shangri-La Airport, or take a train or coach to Shangri-la from Kunming, Chengdu, or Lhasa.