Shangri-La is situated in the foothills of the Himalayas and is surrounded by stunning natural beauty, including snow-capped mountains, lush meadows, and pristine lakes. The area is inhabited by several ethnic groups, including the Tibetan people, adding to its cultural richness.
The main attraction in Shangri-La is the Songzanlin Monastery, also known as the Ganden Sumtseling Monastery. It is one of the largest Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in Yunnan and a significant religious site. The old town of Shangri-La, with its traditional Tibetan-style architecture, narrow streets, and colorful prayer flags, is another highlight for visitors.