Ramshackle houses competing space in Shangri La (formerly known as Zhongdian)

Zhongdian (Shangri-La)

About Zhongdian (Shangri-La)

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 and surrounded by dramatic mountains with snow-capped peaks, Shangri-La is home to rugged scenery, remote temples and the start of the Tibetan world.

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Zhongdian (Shangri-La) Hotels

If you are planning a Zhongdian (Shangri-La) holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:

Holy Palace Hotel Zhongdian (Shangri-La)

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The Holy Palace 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 decked out with beautiful wooden furniture. Breakfast is served in the large dining area each morning. The hotel is perfectly located close to the commerical, cultural and tourism centre of downtown Shangri-la county and the airport is 7km away.

Zhongdian (Shangri-La) Tailor made suggestions

Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to Zhongdian (Shangri-La).

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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!

Tailored To Suit You OTG Independent
Tailored To Suit You

On this range you won’t be joining other travellers, but will be on your own private itinerary. Accommodation, pace of travel and the style of trip is tailored to your individual needs. From pre-priced packages available off the shelf to fully curated tailor-made holidays, this range also includes our selection of one-night stopovers, day-tours and short breaks.

The OTG Independent range gives you all the great service aspects of our Signature range with the flexibility to create a truly unique and bespoke holiday or adventure to a variety of destinations around the world.

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