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Quick Facts

Important facts about the region

Shangri-La, located in the far southwestern part of China, is a mountainous area situated 3,260 metres (10,695 feet) above sea level. The high elevations in the northwest and low elevations in the southeast cause the climate to vary significantly throughout the area. 

High Altitude Notice

Diqing is located 3,260 metres (10,695 feet) above sea level, an altitude that sometimes causes visitors to experience a reaction with symptoms that vary, but commonly include discomfort, poor sleeping patterns, breathlessness and a limited capacity for physical exertion.  

Tips for Travelling to a High Altitude Area 

  • People who suffer from high blood pressure, heart disease or chest problems should seek medical advice before going to Diqing
  • Avoid catching a cold before entering Diqing. It can be difficult to recover from a cold at a high altitude
  • Bring high altitude medication with you and avoid alcohol on the first day of your trip
  • Oxygen bottles are available in every guestroom (RMB 35 per bottle)


Almost all international travellers will require visas. However, holders of passports from Brunei, Japan and Singapore can enjoy visa-free access to China for up to 15 days.

Standard 30-day, single-entry visas can be issued in three to five working days from majority of the Chinese embassies and must be used within three months of the date of issue. Longer visas are often more difficult to obtain.

For further details, consult your travel agent, China International Travel Service, China Travel Service or any Chinese embassy or consulate.

View the visa requirements from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China.


The Chinese currency is known as renminbi (RMB). Credit cards are accepted in major hotels as well as shopping malls.

Here are the most recent exchange rates for some common currencies.

RMB 1.00 equals:

Exchange Rates Currency
0.21 Australian Dollar (AUD)
0.13 Euro (EUR)
1.20 Hong Kong Dollar (HKD)
11.42 Indian Rupee (INR)
17.13 Japanese Yen (JPY)
0.22 New Zealand Dollar (NZD)
0.21 Singapore Dollar (SGD)
0.15 US Dollar (USD)


All hotel services (such as accommodation, food and beverage, spa etc.) and their related service charge will be subject to tax at the prevailing rates.


Many mid-range and high-end restaurants generally include their own service charge, which varies between establishments.

Officially, tipping is considered inappropriate and discouraged.

Business Hours

Bank Hours 
9am - 5pm, Monday to Friday
10am - 4pm, Saturday and Sunday
Office Hours 
8.30am - 5.30pm in the summer
9am - 5pm in the winter
(Monday to Friday)
Shop Hours 
9am - 8.30pm in the summer
9am - 8pm in the winter

Public Health

Visitors entering China are required to complete a health declaration form. Check with your local doctor or health care professional about vaccination requirements before planning your trip.


Local residents wear traditional Tibetan dress during festivals and holidays. Because of the plateau's climate, the weather is always varied and unsettled. Even in August, you can find snow flakes falling from the sky. Therefore, regardless of when you go, you should be prepared with some warm clothes. This is especially important in the winter. In addition, the ultraviolet light from the sun can be quite strong in the area. As such, make sure to pack a hat, sunblock and sunglasses to shield you from any damaging rays.


Due to the area's high elevation, Shangri-La has a monsoon-influenced, humid continental climate. Winters in this part of the country are chilly but sunny. Summers are cool with frequent rains.

Local Climate
Month High Low
Jan 4.1°C -6.2°C
Feb 4.5°C -5°C
Mar 6.8°C -2.4°C
Apr 10.1°C 0.6°C
May 15.0°C 4.7°C
Jun 17.9°C 8.6°C
Jul 18.1°C 9.6°C
Aug 17.7°C 9.4°C
Sep 15.9°C 7.7°C
Oct 12.8°C 3.3°C
Nov 8.8°C -1.6°C
Dec 5.6°C -5°C



Time Zone
GMT + 8 hours

Metric System

Mobile Phones
GSM 900 / 1800 / 1900