Best Places for Backpackers in Shangri-la, China.

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The best backpackers destinations & accommodation in Shangri-la, China.

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Top 12 hostels in Shangri-la, China.

These are the 12 most awesome hostels and budget places to stay in Shangri-la, China.

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Tavern 47

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Tavern 47

Dear Friends, I am Jun from South Korea and my Naxi wife, Christin, from Shangri-La – we would like to welcome you to our Hostel, Tavern 47. I met my wife when I was backpacking in Yunnan 7 years ago and we fell in love. Open throughout the year, Tavern 47 Hostel is a traditional wooden Tibe...
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Desti Youth Park Shangri-La

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Desti Youth Park Shangri-La

The Desti Youth Park Shangri-La branch is located in Shangri-La ChengNi village. The village is in the west of the White Pagoda, near the airport, only 10minutes driving from downtown area. There is natural grassland next to the poshtel, about 5 minutes walk away. Each branch’s architectural styl...
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Shangri-La Lao Shay Youth Hostel

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Shangri-La Lao Shay Youth Hostel

Lao Shay Youth Hostel Shangri-la is surrounded by a boundless meadow in the Tibetan Areas merely 6kms away from the county town of Shangri-la. For your convenience, We have shuttle service from Shangri-la airport and Shangri-la town( pick-up or send needs to pay 15 yuan per car).( shuttle servi...
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Kersang Relay Station

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Kersang Relay Station

Located in the center of Shangri-La Old Town, 200 meters from Guishan Park and Central Square, Kersang's Relay Station is a 3-minute walk from Yueguang Plaza where the free parking is available. Baiji Temple, a great place for sunrise and the panoramic views of the city, is just a 15-minute walk...
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Tibet Guest House Tiger Leaping Gorge

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Tibet Guest House Tiger Leaping Gorge

Located in Walnut Garden Village, the guesthouse is in the middle position of Tiger Leaping Gorge. Jinsha River is runnig behind it. Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is on the other side of the river, opposit to the guesthouse. Double rooms and dormitory are provided, meeting different accommodation nee...
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Dragoncloud International Hostel

80 /100

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Dragoncloud International Hostel

Set in historical wooden buildings, Dragoncloud Guesthouse is located inside Dukezong Ancient Town. It is only a 10-minute drive from Shangri-La Airport. Free Wi-Fi is accessible in the entire property. Dragoncloud Guesthouse is a 8-minute drive from Shangri-La Long Distance Bus Terminal, and a 1...
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Shangri-La Baita International Youth Hostel

79 /100

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Shangri-La Baita International Youth Hostel

' Chu Dengshuo ' from the Tibetan , Chinese means ' Baita ', or “Baita”. so ChuDengshuo International Youth Hostel , also known as the Baita International Youth Hostel Each village in the Tibetan areas and junctions have a symbol of peace and good fortune Baita guard this land and the people in e...
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Tiger Leaping Gorge Janes Tibetan Guesthouse

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Tiger Leaping Gorge Janes Tibetan Guesthouse

Jane's Tibetan Guesthouse is a great place to start your Tiger Leaping Gorge Experience! The friendly staff welcomes you in English and Chinese. We hane very clean dorms , doubles with or without bathroom, twins and single rooms. Throughout the day you can enjoy Chinese and western dishes from...
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9
3are3 Resortel

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3are3 Resortel

3are3 resortel is located at 6 Hong Xue Lang St, Dokhar Zong Old Town, Shangri-la, close to Moonlight Square and Giant Praywheel, only 5 mins walk. 3are3 resortel has two 2-storey buildings, including 14 rooms, including tibetan suite, tibetan tatami, family room, double bed room, dorm of many ro...
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Youjia Guesthouse

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Youjia Guesthouse

Youjia Guesthouse built in 2004.12, and it’s in the #16 dianlaka street,shangri-la old town). it’s old hostel for 12 years old, but in 2014.01, it was burn by fire and it wasbuilt it again in 2015. The guesthouse opened again in 2016. There are 16 rooms in the guesthouse, with 3 room types – 11...
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Home Away From Home

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Home Away From Home

Home away from home, located in the entrance to the ancient city of Shangri-La, you can easily enter the ancient city tour. We have a large number of comfortable rooms, are equipped with free Wi-Fi and private bathroom, in addition to a free breakfast and free Shuttle service. Good English ser...
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Tina

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Tina's Hotel

Tina's Hotel is located in Chu Kang Avenue of Shangri-la. It is 20-minute walking distance away from ancient city(3.5km) and 3 kilometres away from the bus terminal. Appointed to the highest standard of comfort and cozy, all the rooms are equipped with underfloor heating and cable TV....
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Things to see and do while backpacking in Shangri-la, China.

Check out tips from other travellers and bloggers and their experiences in Shangri-la, China.

If you're already planning to visit Shangri-la, China - scroll to the next section for a list of the best places to stay.

Yunnan province

The capital city is Kunming. Yunnan province borders Tibet Autonomous Region, Vietnam, Laos, and Myanmar. Yunnan is home to 25 ethnic groups and was a significant part of the Southern Silk Road. The land is just as diverse as the people, from rice terraces in Yuanyang to the vast grasslands and snow-capped mountains in Shangri-La to the Shilin Stone Forest near Kunming to the many Tibetan temples all over Yunnan.

Jenica Suson

Coya

Five minutes further down the road from Pisac, with several campesino (country) communities dotted around it, is a tiny little town called Coya. I mention it as this is where I have been based for the past two months. I found it a quieter and cheaper alternative to staying in Pisac. There is not much happening in Coya, although for me that was kind of the appeal. There is one main hostel, the Shangri-La (the most colourful building in the town – you can’t miss it!), and a more up-market guesthouse two doors down, as well as a couple of other homestay-type accommodations popping up. For just AUD$300 a month, my partner and I stayed here quite comfortably. There is all you need nearby – a small market and lots of little shops. For anything else, there is Pisac or Calca (the next bigger town). From here, you can observe the locals going about their daily lives – you will rarely see other travellers here!

Julie

Shangri-La: Gateway to Tibetan China

Shangri-La, situated in the Northwest of the Chinese province of Yunnan at the edge of the Himalayas, is the gateway to Tibetan China. This is the town (a small village by Chinese standards) where you will have your first encounter with yak butter tea and see signs written in Tibetan and plenty of colourful prayer flags. I travelled through this place last summer and I felt immediately at home.

Sacha Tijmstra

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