Top ChoiceInternational in Shangri-la

Flying Tigers Cafe

French-run bistro in a hundred-year-old courtyard house, with the finest wine list in town (from ¥30 a glass) and a diverse local and international menu that utilises local ingredients. Try the house-made...

Top ChoiceBar in Shangri-la


Raven is the best bar in town and one of the best in northwest Yunnan, with a huge range of beers and spirits and a small selection of pub food. There's a big bar counter to sit around, sofas to sink into, New...

Monastery in Shangri-la

Ganden Sumtseling Gompa

This 300-year-old Tibetan monastery complex about 4km north of the old town is home to around 600 monks. Extensive rebuilding has robbed the monastery of some of its charm, but it remains the most important in...

Museum in Shangri-la

Deqin Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture Museum

Attractive modern permanent exhibitions on local history, folk traditions and religious culture make this a worthwhile stop before or after the Guishan Buddhist Temple (even if English captions are somewhat...

International in Shangri-la


Bustling spot for a fine breakfast, and a popular hang-out for international travellers. Salads, steaks, pasta and pizzas are all available, as well as a few generic Asian dishes. Great cakes and coffee; it's...

Tibetan in Shangri-la

Silent Holy Stones

Long a favourite spot for local Tibetans, this relaxed and welcoming place specialises in yak-meat hotpots (from ¥148). Great mómo (馍馍, Tibetan dumplings) too, which come with a spicy dipping sauce, as well as a...

International in Shangri-la

Xiao Cai Cafe

Built into a hundred-year-old wooden building rebuilt in original form after the 2014 fire, this small cafe just off the main square is one of the prettiest places in town. There's a nice range of Chinese and...

Tibetan in Shangri-la


This reliable long-standing restaurant serves up a mix of Tibetan, Indian and Chinese dishes in a Tibetan-teahouse atmosphere. It's down Old Street (老街, Lǎo Jiē) alley just off Beimen Jie: look for the gateway...

Buddhist Temple in Shangri-la

Guishan Buddhist Temple

Atop 'Great Turtle Hill' in the heart of the old town, this modern temple stands on the site of an original 1667 construction consecrated to a replica of the Sakyamuni statue in Lhasa's Jokhang Temple.

Cultural Centre in Shangri-la

Shangri-la Thangka Academy

Thangka master Lobsang Khudup trains young students in painting and Buddhist philosophy here. Even if you're not in the market to buy, it's worth stopping in to see the process of creation.

Craft Beer in Shangri-la

Shangri-La Beer Bar

Drink Shangri-la's favourite local craft beer straight from the source – they've got all the varieties on tap, plus a handful of international wines, beers and spirits.

Coffee in Shangri-la

Yunnan Arabica Coffee

Local beans and a handful of sweets at this local coffee chain will see you through a day of sightseeing around Shangri-la.

Lake in Shangri-la

Pudacuo National Park

China's first national park, this collection of small mountain lakes is about 25km east of Shangri-la. From the visitor centre, a 20-minute bus ride drops travellers on the shore of Shudu Lake (属都湖, Shǔdū Hú)....

Tibetan in Shangri-la


Excellent joint for Tibetan eats, and always busy with locals, even if it is somewhat lacking in atmosphere. The house speciality is yak meat hotpot, and they do a small version for two people (¥80), but the mómo...

Buddhist Temple in Shangri-la

Gyalthang Ringha Monastery

One of the oldest Buddhist temples in Yunnan, local monks claim this small hilltop temple in a walled forest reserve is at least 500 years old and perhaps much older. Don't miss the delightful time-worn murals on...

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 a handful of chickens wandering around outside. To get here, walk along...

Tibetan in Shangri-la

Tara Gallery Café & Bar

This upmarket restaurant, bar and cafe (and art gallery) is a tasteful, thoughtfully designed space, and includes a plant-filled 2nd-floor terrace. The menu is a tantalising mix of Tibetan, Indian and Yunnan...

Historic Site in Shangri-la

Zhuǎnjīng Tǒng

This huge prayer wheel just beside Guishan Temple stands at 21m high and contains 100,000 small prayer wheels. At least six people are needed to make it spin.

Lake in Shangri-la

Nàpà Hǎi

Some 7km northwest of Shangri-la you’ll find the seasonal Napa Sea, surrounded by a large grassy meadow that pushes right up to the mountains. Between September and March it attracts a myriad of rare species,...