Top 8 October destinations in China

By Lin Liyao
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   Shangri-La, Yunnan (云南香格里拉)


Shangri-La, one of the 'Top 8 October destinations in China' by

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.

Travel Tips:

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.

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