Shangri-La is located in the northwest of Yunnan Province and bordered by Tibet and Sichuan. It is 315 kilometers north of Dali and 659 kilometers away from Kunming. In Tibetan,Shangri-La means the sun and moon in heart, which implies that Shangri-La is an ideal place that only can be found in heaven.
This fascinating place has become a land of dreams for many tourists and adventure lovers and attracts countless travellers from home and abroad. The ontinuous snowy mountains, endless grasslands, steep andgrand gorges, azure lakes and the bucolic villages are the highlights of Shangri-La, which always leaves a deep impression for travellers. Besides, you will enjoy the clean air, white clouds, blue sky, breathtaking beauty, and the warm heart of the local people. Shangri-la is surrounded by a lot of snow-covered mountains. The most famous ones are Meili, Balang, and Haba mountains. These mountains are nature reserves in China with breathtaking beauty that can not be missed when you are touring Shangri-La. Bitahai Lake ,Shudu Lake and Napa Lake are the most famous lakes in Shangri-La that are also can not be missed. Besides, there live many different ethnic groups in Shangri-La, as a result, you will have a good chance to experience Tibetan life and learn about their lifestyle, religion and cuisine.
Due to the plateau climate, the weather of Shangri-La varies a lot. Even in August, you can find that it can be very cold. As a result, whenever you go, you should be prepared with some warm clothes. The best time to visit Shangri-La is March to August when the climate is favorable and the flowers are in bloom everywhere. Another good time to visit is from September to October. Because of the high altitude of Shangri-La, you may have altitude stress. At this time, you should remember to have a good rest and keep warm.