East Asia

China, Shangri-la

Inspired by the mythical land in James Hilton’s Lost Horizon, the city of Zhongdian officially renamed itself Shangri-La in 2001. And we agree that it’s a great name for this stunning region. Resting on the edge of the Tibetan Plateau, Shangri-La is famed for it’s unprecedented beauty and majesty. Known as Gyalthang in Tibetan and Zhongdian in Chinese, could this small city in the foothills of the Himalayas really be James Hilton's mythical paradise? Get swept off your feet by views of Mount Meili and become immersed in Tibetan culture as you surround yourself with people in the market. Then, lose them all again and stroll through the silent, incense-filled rooms of Yunnan's largest Tibetan Lamasery.

Shangri-La is famed for it’s unprecedented beauty and majesty