Shangri-La or Xianggelila 香格里拉市, is a county-level city in Northwestern Yunnan Province, People’s Republic of China and is the location of the seat of the Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, bordering Sichuan to the northwest, north, and east.
Shangri-La 香格里拉市 was formerly called Zhongdian County 中甸县 Zhōngdiàn Xiàn but was renamed on 17 December 2001 and upgraded into a county-level city on 16 December 2014 as Shangri-La (other spellings: Semkyi’nyida, Xianggelila, or Xamgyi’nyilha after the fictional land of Shangri-La in the 1933 James Hilton novel Lost Horizon, in an effort to promote tourism in the area. Formerly, the Tibetan population referred to the city by its traditional name Gyalthang or Gyaitang, meaning “Royal plains“. This ancient name is reflected in the Tibetan Pinyin name within the town of Jiantang 建塘 Jiàntáng, the city seat.
Elevation: 3.160m2 (10.370 ft)
Because it’s near Tibet, then the sky feels very near to us. And the oxygen is very thin, I feel sick when first arrive there. But after for a while, it’s getting better.
From Shangrila, we go back to Dali and stay one night before take night train to Kunming.