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Quick Facts

Important facts about the region

Located in the far southwestern part of the country, Diqing, Yunnan, is situated in a mountainous area with high elevations in the northwest and low elevations in the southeast. The area sits 3,300 metres above sea level. The climate of Diqing varies largely at different altitudes.

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)

Visas

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 most 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.


Currency

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
0.19 Australian Dollar (AUD)
0.14 Euro (EUR)
1.13 Hong Kong Dollar (HKD)
9.88 Indian Rupee (INR)
16.49 Japanese Yen (JPY)
0.2 New Zealand Dollar (NZD)
0.21 Singapore Dollar (SGD)
0.15 US Dollar (USD)

Taxes

In compliance with regulations, with effect 1 May 2016, all room, food and beverage and hotel services will be subject to Value Added Tax at the prevailing rates. At the same time, Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts will reduce service charge from 15% to 10%.


Tipping

Many mid-range and top-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.


Dress

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.


Weather

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

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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
Facts

Population
353,518

Language
Mandarin

Time Zone
GMT + 8 hours

Measures
Metric System

Mobile Phones
GSM 900 / 1800 / 1900