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Shangri-La is a county-level city under the jurisdiction of Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Yunnan Province, which means "the sun and moon in the heart" in Tibetan language. Located in the northwest of Yunnan Province and the hinterland of Hengduan Mountain Area of Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, Shangri-La is the junction of Yunnan, Sichuan and Tibet, and also the location of the world natural heritage "Three Parallel Rivers" scenic spot.
Shangri-La appeared in British writer James Hilton's famous novel "Lost Horizon" in the 1930s, and it was longed for by the world. Soon it was made into a film of the same name and won a number of Oscar Awards, which made it more well known to the world. Shangri-La Tibetan area has a long history and beautiful natural scenery. Here there are Pudacuo National Park, Dukezong ancient city, Gadan Songzanlin Temple, Hutiaoxia and other scenic spots.
Although there is no a train from Shangri-La to Lhasa and only 2 flights each day to Lhasa from Diqing Shangri-La Airport to Lhasa Gonggar Airport, many international travelers choose to take a overland tour to Lhasa from Shangri-La or rent a car to self drive to Tibet on National G214 Road (Dianzang Xian or Yunnan-Tibet Way). On the road, you will enjoy Meili Snow Mountain, Markam salt field, Mekong river, Ranwu Lake, Yilong Tsangpo Rivers, Mt. Nanjiabawa and so on.