8 days in Shangri-La County & Lijiang Itinerary

8 days in Shangri-La County & Lijiang Itinerary

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8 days in Shangri-La County & Lijiang Itinerary

Start: Bangkok
Fly:  11 h 30 min
1
Shangri-La County
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
2
Lijiang
— 4 nights
Fly:  8 h
End: Bangkok

3
nights
Shangri-La County

Shangri-La County ©
Known previously as Zhongdian, Shangri-La County gained its current name in an attempt by city officials to promote tourism.
Shangri-La County is known for nature, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in breathtaking views at Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sumtsaling Monastery, stroll around Guishan Park, and explore the activities along Shudu Lake.

For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Shangri-La County road trip planning tool .

Bangkok, Thailand to Shangri-La County is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Bangkok to Shangri-La County is 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can go by car to Lijiang.

Things to do in Shangri-La County

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia) ©
Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia)
Sumtsaling Monastery
Sumtsaling Monastery
Potatso National Park ©
Potatso National Park

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nights
Lijiang

Lijiang
The cultural capital of the Naxi people, one of the 55 minority ethnic groups in the country, Lijang traces its history back over 800 years, with the city developing from a trading post on the ancient Southern Silk Road.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lijiang: Yulong County (Yulong (Jade Dragon) Mountain & Lijiang Spruce Plain). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Old Town of Lijiang - China, cruise along Blue Moon Valley, pause for some photo ops at Sanyan Well, and contemplate the long history of Mufu Palace.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Lijiang trip planner.

You can drive from Shangri-La County to Lijiang in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Lijiang can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lijiang

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Yulong County
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Old Town of Lijiang - China
Old Town of Lijiang - China
Shuhe Ancient Town ©
Shuhe Ancient Town
Black Dragon Pond Park ©
Black Dragon Pond Park

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