Shangri-La County (香格里拉县 Xiānggélǐlā Xiàn) is the new Chinese name for this ancient Tibetan county, previously known as Zhongdian County (中甸县 Zhōngdiàn Xiàn) to the Chinese, and Gyalthang to the Tibetans.
From the Shangri-la Travel Guide
Average cheapest prices by month for budget accommodation in Shangri-la
A nice place out of town, which was ideal for me as I needed time-off to complete work. If you are only in Shangr-la for a short period it is not recommended. Warm showers (uses solar heating), comfortable mattresses and good food. Feels like you staying with locals. Good distance from the lake and the moutain if you are keen on some hiking. ... more
Finding Shangri La
Interest pops up from time to time as to where Shangri La is. It is not actually in Tibet but very close by in the Tibetan Prefecture of Yunnan Province, south west China. One of the best ways to get there is to fly to Kunming first. Then catch a train/bus to Dali, Lijiang & Zhongdian. Shangri La ...
The Best Time to visit Yunnan, China?
Hi, can anyone suggest the best time to travel Yunnan? I'd love to visit Lijiang, Dali, and Shangri-La, and would like to know more about what to take care of, where to stay, etc. Hey, what's more, I heard that Yuanyang terraced fields is very beautiful, so I want to visit there if time permit ...