Place :Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture
Area :23,870 square km (9,216.3 sq mile)
Overview:Located in the northwestern part of Yunnan, it is the Tibetan inhabited areas. Famous for the Meili Snow Mountain, Tibetan town of Zhongdian and the ancient Tea-horse road to Tibet.
Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture or Shangri-la is located in a delta where northwest Yunnan borders on Sichuan and Tibet. With three counties, Zhongdian, Deqin, and Weixi under its jurisdiction.
Diqing is Tibetan for "auspicious place." It is the only Tibetan autonomous prefecture in Yunnan Province, and also one of the ten Tibetan autonomous prefectures in the country.
Located at the juncture of Yunnan, Sichuan and Tibet, Diqing is a strategic passage from Yunnan to Tibet and was a pivotal point on the Ancient Tea-Horse Trail.
Located at the central of the world natural heritage of "the-three-parallel-river-area", middle of the Hengduan Mountains which is the south section of the Qingzang Plateau, Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Diqing is a world Class-A geomorphologic and geological nature and history heritage, and the seat of the new oceanic glacier with the lowest altitude at the same latitude zone, with the typical research value in geology, and in protecting lives variety, rare cultural value and particular sightseeing value.
Here ridges and peaks rise one after another, lakes and rivers crisscross everywhere, the turbulent rivers crash their ways through forward among high mountains and deep valleys. The relative altitude between the famous Tiger Leaping Gorge and the wonderful and graceful Kagebo Peak of Meili Snow Mountain reaches 5040meters. With the increase of altitude, the plants of all natural belts are presented in order. So the Deqen Plateau, with a 2.4-latitude range from the south to the north, has been list as one of the areas with various lives and the richest ecological sceneries of the world. Thus cause the saying that here one can travel around the Northern Hemisphere in only one day.
Being various and moving is the specialty of the natural views in Deqen. Here at the mountain bottom, the Jinsha River and Lancang River are rolling ahead ceaselessly, the famous First Bend of the Yangze River and the mystic Shangri-La Great Gorge attract tourists from the whole world; In the mountainside, there are vast cloud, virgin forest, beautiful plateau lake, sub-alpine meadow with flocks and herds, Baishuitai and Xianren Cave, and a lot of rare animals and plants; On the top, there are lofty peaks of Meili Snow Mountain, Haba Snow Mountain and Baimang Snow Mountain and grand glaciers standing, moraine lakes scattered all over like stars in the sky, and alpine flowers and rare medicinal herbs spreading the whole meadow.
In a word, the various geomorphology, geology, scenery and national culture of Diqing have become the preponderant resources to develop the tourism industry, which has been regarded as a pillar to the economic development of Diqing. The undeniably rich culture of the said place makes it a famous tourist attraction. Many now prefer to have their vacations here instead of spending their holidays in Turkey, Israel, Lebanon, and other countries in the same region.
Zhongdian is surrounded on all sides by snow-capped mountains, dense primeval forests, alpine lakes, and lush grassland. At the end of 2001, the name of Zhongdian County, capital of Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in southwestern China's Yunnan Province was changed to Shangri-La County...more
In Tibetan language, Deqin, means the Peaceful Paradise. Located at the center of the national-rated scenic spot of the Three-Parallel-River Area, Deqin is the Tibetan autonomous county where people of multiple nationalities and having soem forms of religion live together. It's an important section of the Shangri-la of Diqing...more
Located at the center of the national-rated scenic spot of the Three-Parallel-River area, Weixi is the only one Lisu autonomous county in China where people of multiple nationatities and having sime forms of religion live together. Famous for abundant animal, plant resources, rich traditional ethnic customs and habits, Weixi has enjoyed the reputation of being a Green Gem among the Hengduan Mountains, a Natural Azalea Garden, the Homeland of Dian Golden Monkey Lingling, and the Homeland of Orchid.