Monastery in Shangri-la

Ganden Sumtseling Gompa

About an hour’s walk north of town is this 300-year-old Tibetan monastery complex with around 600 monks. Extensive rebuilding has robbed the monastery of some of its charm, but it remains the most important in south…
Bridge in Shangri-la

Tiānshēng Bridge

Approximately 15km southeast of Shangri-la is the Tiānshēng Bridge. Local Tibetans believe that the sulphur-rich water can cure any number of skin ailments and other health issues. There is a co-ed swimming pool and…
Historic Site in Shangri-la

Old Town

A few streets survived the January 2014 fire that reduced most of the old town to ashes, and these retain the mix of cobbled lanes and renovated wooden buildings that characterised Shangri-la's old town. Now, they h…
Buddhist Temple in Shangri-la

Bǎijī Sì

For the best views over Shangri-la, head to this delightfully named and little-visited temple. The temple has a couple of monks inside and dozens of chickens wandering around outside. To get here, walk along the nar…
Lake in Shangri-la

Nàpà Hǎi

Some 7km northwest of Shangri-la you’ll find the seasonal Nàpà Hǎi, surrounded by a large grassy meadow. Between September and March it attracts a myriad of rare species, including the black-necked crane. Outside of…
Lake in Shangri-la

Emerald Pagoda Lake

Also known as Pǔdácuò (普达错), a Mandarinised-version of its Tibetan name, Emerald Pagoda lake is 25km east of Shangri-la. The bus to Sānbà can drop you along the highway. From there, it's 8km down a trail (a half-hou…
Cultural Centre in Shangri-la

Shangri-la Thangka Academy

Thangka master Lobsang Khudup trains young monks in painting and Buddhist philosophy here. The academy also offers classes for tourists, costing ¥200 per day – a real bargain considering the price includes room and …
Buddhist Temple in Shangri-la

Great Treasure Temple

It's 25km southeast of Shangri-la, 10km past the hot springs at Tiānshēng Bridge, to the Great Treasure Temple, one of the oldest Buddhist temples in Yúnnán.
Buddhist Temple in Shangri-la

Guīshān Sì

Tibetan Buddhist temple that overlooks Shangri-la.
Historic Site in Shangri-la

Zhùangjīn Tǒng

The world’s biggest prayer wheel standing at 21m high and containing 100,000 small prayer wheels. At least six people are needed to make it spin.