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Zhongdian (Shangri-La)

Zhongdian (Shangri-La) Tailormade Holidays

James Hilton’s diplomat in his book 'Lost Horizon' talked of Shangri-La where he found peace, love and a sense of purpose. Although Shangri-La was a fictional place, Zhongdian was allegedly the inspiration for it and has now been renamed Shangri-La. Perched on a plateau at an elevation of 3,300m, Zhongdian is home to rugged scenery, remote temples and the start of the Tibetan world.

The town is divided into old and new with store signs in Tibetan, Mandarin and English. The old town is an intertwined network of alleys with plenty of souvenir stalls selling Tibetan crafts and cafes with an array of Tibetan cuisine. North of town is Songzanlin, the largest Mahayana Buddhist monastery in Yunnan. Songzanlin is embraced by solid walls with five gates. Two main lamaseries, Zhacang and Jikang, command the highest positions within the complex. A five-story Tibetan-style building serves as the main hall in the compound. The 16 colourful paintings which hang aloft in the hall are said to be the work of renowned lamas who painted with a golden liquid given to them by the fifth Dalai Lama. Brightened with numerous butter-oil lamps, the hall can hold 1,600 lamas sitting in meditation or chanting Buddhist scripture.

Further from town is Bita Lake, the highest lake in Yunnan. Passing through serene and stunning landscapes of hills teeming with wild flowers, populated by herders and Naxi women working in the fields in their colourful traditional garb, the lake is located in a beautifully maintained nature reserve.

Tailormade Holidays to Zhongdian (Shangri-La)

On the Go are expert at planning holidays in China — tailored to suit your individual requirements. Please have a look at some of the tailormade itineraries below that we have created for our clients which include Zhongdian (Shangri-La).

Holy Palace Hotel, Zhongdian (Shangri-La)
Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The Holy Palce is a modern, elegant hotel with large, well-equipped rooms and good facilities. The design of the hotel is a combination of Tibetan and Western styles of architecture and the guestrooms are furnished with beautiful wooden furniture.

Accommodation on Tour

For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.

Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.

Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.

Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.

Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.

Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!


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