The mystic fictional land of Shangri-La may or may not have been inspired by this mostly Tibetan county, known until recently as Zhongdian, but the cobblestone streets and Tibetan architecture of Yunnan’s celebrated mountain towns reflect the charm of the legend. Outside of Tibet proper, visitors to Shangri-La don’t need a Tibet Travel Permit.
Also known as Zhongdian, Shangri-La is not only the gateway into Tibet, it's a fantastic place to get a glimpse of Tibetan life and enjoy its bright blue, cloud-rich sky without ... >>
If you're looking to get away from the tourist crowds, Yunnan's famous Tiger Leaping Gorge is an ideal place to head. Hiking the spectacular gorge takes at least two days at a ... >>
For a respite from busy city life, head to Dukezong, a Tibetan town located close to Shangri-La. The main draw cards of ... >>
Songzanlin Temple, also known as the Ganden Sumtseling Monastery, was built in 1679 and sits at the foot of Foping ... >>
Set in a landscape of mountains, forests and lakes, Yunnan's vast Pudacuo National Park, covers 1,295 sq km (500 sq mi) ... >>