Hill in Yuányáng Rice Terraces

Duōyīshù Rice Terrace

Located about 25km from Xīnjiē, this rice terrace has the most awesome sunrises and, of all those at Yuányáng, is the one you should not miss.
Hill in Yuányáng Rice Terraces

Quánfúzhuāng Rice Terrace

Quánfúzhuāng is a less-crowded alternative to Duōyīshù and has easy access via trails that reach the terraces.
Hill in Yuányáng Rice Terraces

Měngpǐn Rice Terrace

Among the rice terraces at Yuányáng, Měngpǐn, also known as Lǎohǔzuǐ (老虎嘴), is one of the most mesmerising places to watch the sunset.
Hill in Yuányáng Rice Terraces

Bàdá Rice Terrace

Bàdá is one of the finest rice terraces at Yuányáng to catch a sunset.
Mountain in Lìjiāng

Yùlóng Xuěshān

Also known as Mt Satseto, Yùlóng Xuěshān soars to some 5500m. Its peak was first climbed in 1963 by a research team from Běijīng and now, at some 35km from Lìjiāng, it is regularly mobbed by hordes of Chinese tour g…
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…
Buddhist Temple in Kūnmíng

Bamboo Temple

This serene temple (no photos allowed inside) is definitely one to be visited by sculptors as much as by those interested in temple collecting. Raised during the Tang dynasty, it was rebuilt in the 19th century by m…
Historic Site in Lìjiāng

Lìjiāng Old Town

The old town is centred on the busy and touristy Old Market Square. The surrounding lanes are dissected by a web of artery-like canals that once brought the city’s drinking water from Yuquan Spring, on the far outsk…
Mountain in Wēishān

Wēibǎo Shān

Eminently worthy Wēibǎo Shān, about 10km south of Wēishān, has a relatively easy hike to its peak at around 2500m. During the Ming and Qing dynasties it was the zenith of China’s Taoism, and you’ll find some superb …
Area in Tiger Leaping Gorge


Báishuǐtái is a limestone deposit plateau 108km southeast of Shangri-la, with some breathtaking scenery and Tibetan villages en route. For good reason it has become probably the most popular back-door route between …