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Peregrine Travel is pleased to offer Shangri-La, China

5 Days 4 Nights
(Tour Code: PGSHA1 Available March 16 to November 14)

This packaged tour is designed as an extension to your existing tour to China. For example, if you have a tour to visit Beijing, Xi’an and Shanghai, you can add this Eco Tour to your current itinerary. We will also gladly design a customized tour that will fit your needs. Please contact us or your travel agent.

Brief Introduction: For many years a debate raged as to the location of the Shangri-La as described in James Hilton’s book Lost Horizon. It was not until a few years ago that the international debate ended and confirmed that Diqing of Yunan Province was indeed what James Hilton wrote about. As a result, Diqing is now officially named Shangri-La and has been designated a UNESCO destination.

This is an Eco-Tour focused on providing clients the opportunity to:

Appreciate the beauty of Shangri-La, breathe the fresh air, be part of nature, and enjoy one of the last pristine heavens on planet Earth.

Learn and experience the culture, religion and daily lives of the local ethnic Tibetan tribes.

Experience a mental spa with private time away from day-to-day busy schedules, for this is the Patagonia of China.

Peregrine Travel Group is pleased to work with the local government to assist in introducing tourism into Shangri-La in a way that:

Protects the beauty of the environment

Respects and maintains the local culture

Improves the quality of life for the local people.

We have committed that for every client that we bring to Shangri-La, Peregrine Travel Group will make a specific donation to the Shangri-La Institute, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to improving the quality of life of the local people by teaching them handcraft skills and welfare planning. As a result, it is important for clients to note that they are directly benefiting the local people, not just from their local spending, but also through the donation from their payment for the tour.

The Tour Schedule includes:

Day1 Arrive at Shangri-La. Transfer to hotel. Rest and get acclimated to the high altitude of over 11,000 feet.
Day2 Visit Pudacuo National Park, Shudu Lake, Militangya Alpine Pastures, and Bitta Hai National Park for a hike. (B,L)
Day3 Visit Songzanlin Monastery, Old Town, and then to Tangdui to work on Pottery. (B,L)
Day4 Spend a day with the local family and experience what it’s like to live like a local, including learning how to make handicrafts at the Shangri-La Institute.(B,L)
Day5 Depart from Shangri-La and return to the real world.

For clients who want to spend ONLY half a day with a local family on Day 4. They can buy the extra excursion (Tour PGSHA2) to:

Visit Tianshengqiao Hotspring (1.5 hours by car from hotel)

Visit Tea-Horse Caravan Route on the way

Bath in Hot Spring (1.5 hours)

Enjoy Physiotherapy (30 minutes)

All tours will depart the hotel at 8.30 am and be back between 5pm – 6.00pm

Shangri-La Sightseeing

Pudacuo National Park
 
The Nature Conservancy has helped China preserve a unique landmark in establishing the country’s first national park. Pudacuo National Park in Southwest Yunnan Province is located in one of the most diverse regions in the world. While the region measures only 0.7% of China’s land area, it contains more than 20% of the country’s plant species, about one-third of its mammal and bird species and almost a hundred endangered species. It contains species of fish found nowhere else in the world, rare and beautiful orchids, black-necked cranes and a yew tree with an extract that is indispensable to the production of many cancer fighting drugs. While there are more than 2,300 nature reserves in China, only a fraction are in areas of critical biological importance, and an even smaller number are well-managed. Pudacuo meets the standards for national parks established by the World Conservation Union (IUCN) and has advanced both protection and sustainable development of this ecologically significant section of Yunnan Province.

Shudu Lake
 
Shudu Lake lies 35 kilometers east of Shangri-La County. Its average temperature is 35 degrees and receives an average precipitation of 5,800 millimeters a year with a rainy season lasting from June to October. It is the biggest lake in the county and the water is crystal clear.

Bitahai Lake
 
Bitahai Lake is 3,000 meters long, 700 meters wide and 3,504 meters high. The water is 40 meters deep. Thousands of azaleas come into bloom around the lake each year, and have become one of the lake’s most noted features. Bitahai National Park is included in the natural reserve in the province.

Militangya Alpine Pastures
 
On the Militangya Alpine Pastures there are many kinds of animals and plants which are unique. You will sense the freedom of the pastures as you appreciate the openness of the environment.

Tiansheng Bridge Hot spring
 
Tianshen Bridge Hot Springs is in the southeast part of the city. The bridge is 60 meters tall, 10 meters wide and 200 meters long. Underneath the bridge there is a hot spring from south to north. The water runs all year round with a peak temperature of 69 degrees Celsius.

Songzanlin Monastery
 
Songzanlin Monastery, also known as Guihua Monastery, is situated at the foot of Foping Mountain at an elevation of over 3,300 meters (about 10,827 feet) and is the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Yunnan. Construction began in 1679 and was completed in 1681. It is said that the Fifth Dalai Lama chose the site of the monastery through divination and named it “Gedan Songzanlin Monastery.”

During the peak of its prosperity, there were more than 3,000 monks in the temple. Built along the mountains with a magnificent facade, the present monastery is a faithful imitation of the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet. Two main lamaseries, Zhacang and Jikang, command the highest position in the architectural complex. They are both Tibetan-style watchtowers and are surrounded by eight sub-lamaseries and dormitories of the lamas.

A five-story Tibetan-style building serves as the main hall. Seen from a distance, the gilded copper stupa at the top of the structure and the gilded copper tiles seem to shine eternally in the plateau sunlight. Brightened with numerous butter-oil lamps, the hall can hold 1,600 lamas sitting in meditation or chanting the Buddhist scriptures. The monastery has many treasures. The most famous are the eight gold-plated sculptures of Sakyamuni, fashioned between the time of the fifth and seventh Dalai Lamas.

Shangri-La Old Town
 
The Old Town of Shangri-La is made up of traditional wooden Tibetan homes, religious buildings, alleys, and squares. It is distinct from the newly developed town growing alongside it. You will be able to see the old versus the new architecture and appreciate the differences in age and style.

Women’s Handicraft Center
 
Shangri-La’s Women’s Handicraft Center is located in the heart of old town and is supported by Yunnan Mountain Heritage Foundation, a non-profit community-based organization. With the harvest of mushrooms in full swing, yaks out to pasture, and fields in need of tending, summer is the busiest time for women in rural areas around Shangri-La. At the Women’s Handicraft Center, visitors can see weaving demonstrations of carpets and other handicrafts done on looms.

Tangdui Village
 
This village is 30 kilometers away from Shangri-La City. It is famous for black pottery crafted by its local villagers. There are 148 families here, totaling about 800 people. Over 50% of the village families are black pottery makers. The history of pottery making in this village dates back over 3,000 years. The traditional way of making pottery has been handed down from generation to generation. In ancient times, villagers used pottery to trade for rice, salt, tea, oil and everything else they needed for their livelihood. They used clay to make hot pots, tea pots, fire pots, vases, incense burners and butter lamps. In this village, tourists not only can learn how to make pottery, but can also enjoy the beautiful scenery and learn about Tibetan daily life.

 

 

Paradise Hotel Shangri-la


Description: The Five-Star Paradise Hotel, completed in 2004, is, at the time of this writing, the biggest hotel in town. An amalgamation of about six or seven different interior design styles, it features rooms overlooking a courtyard with a (cold) pool, a sauna, and greenery. The beauty of nature is, literally, right in front of you. The rooms are spacious and bright and are decorated with a soothing palette of colors and warm lighting. There is also an oxygen tank at the hotel’s nurse station. The hotel has 200 rooms.
 
Amenities: Business Center Laundry Beauty Salon Restaurants in hotel Parking Health Club Chess Room Karaoke Billiards ClubMassage Tennis Sauna

Restaurant: Restaurant: The hotel has Chinese Restaurants, Western Restaurants, Tea Restaurants, Tibet-Style Wine Bar, Tibet-Style Flavor Restaurant and 12 private rooms with different minority features.

Guest Rooms: Guest Rooms: These 200 superbly appointed guest rooms and suites offer fine quality furnishings and a contemporary feel. Generously proportioned glass windows allow natural light. The hotel is located in the downtown area, with a beautiful environment and comfortable rooms.

Location: Changzheng Middle Road, Shangri-La County, Zhongdian, Yunnan, China

Location Description: Location: minutes from the Zhongdian Airport . 7km’s far from Zhongdian airport.

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