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Shangri-La County

Trip Planner Asia  /  China  /  Yunnan  /  Shangri-La County
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Things to do: nature, religious sites, sightseeing
Known previously as Zhongdian, Shangri-La County gained its current name in an attempt by city officials to promote tourism. The old town district, largely destroyed in a fire in 2014, has been partially rebuilt; here, old wooden homes, Tibetan Buddhist temples and shrines, and large monastery rank among the top attractions in Shangri-La County. High up in the mountains, the city has a noticeable divide between the influence of its Han and Tibetan communities, and travelers mainly use it as a stop-off point during explorations of the Tibetan towns dotted around the wider region. Plan your vacation with our China trip itinerary builder and discover the best things to do in Shangri-La County.
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Most of the accommodations in Shangri-La County lie in the south of the main town. Centered around Guishan Park, the options here include budget hostels and hotels, and family-run guesthouses on atmospheric commercial streets. Look to the north of the main urban area for a selection of more upmarket establishments--some set in converted historic buildings, and others offering new-build luxury with pools, restaurants, and spas. The rural areas of scenic farmland north of town feature a couple of refined hotels with extensive views of the landscape that surrounds.
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