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Xianggelila (香格里拉), China

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A town renamed as Shangri-la in Yunnan Province, China

The town is split between Tibetan and Han Chinese residents, as well as a fair smattering of Naxi, Bai, Yi and Lisu, with the surrounding countryside entirely Tibetan. While the crass name change in 2001 was a sign of the desire for increasing mass … see full wiki

2 reviews about Xianggelila (香格里拉), China
review by . January 26, 2011
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Beyond Mystery... Shangri-la!
Without the sun, everything becomes a haze. It’s like one’s consciousness, when the light shines everything becomes clear. Shangri-la is thought to be a mystic place, perhaps one that doesn’t even exist! Known in Chinese as Xianggelila (香格里拉), it is a faraway place in the northern tip of Yunnan Province, very much near to Tibet. Hence, no, it is not a myth but a mystery to most.         As widely as I’ve traveled, it wasn’t until a few …
Quick Tip by . October 24, 2010
My visit was affected by the rain which the local claimed was unusual in October. Rains have poured more than usual in China this year, even in the highlands of Yunnan and Tibet. Otherwise, during the two days when the sun decided to grace us with its presence, this is a beautiful area with lots of sightseeing to do. So, the trick is to go when it's warmer, ie. May to Sep. I was told during these months, the land is filled with lots of flowers and pastures, a sight to behold. Hence, the idea is …
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