We traveled from Lijiang via Shugu and Tiger Leaping Gorge to Shangri-la, better known as Zhongdian. (A few years ago, we understand that the Chinese decided to promote tourism in this area and designated the town of Zhongdian as "Shangri-La". I believe there is competition for this designation though!)
Checking in, we thought the lobby novel, particularly the floor. We were assigned a nice room that was situated around a large atrium with lots of plants (and a swimming pool with water that looked green so we didn't try it). The room was modern with a nice bathroom with a separate tub and shower. The hotel provided lots of thoughtful amenities and touches, which impressed us both. The construction is not 5-star though with a large crack above the sink, etc.
After dropping off our luggage, we headed to the old town, which was within easy walking distance of the hotel. The old town is touristy and fun and influenced by the Tibetans and other minorities who live in Zhongdian. We especially enjoyed visiting the Tea-Horse Museum to look at the photos and read about the Tea Horse Road, which for years was the main link between China and Tibet.
One of the highlights, among many, on our walk around Zhongdian was seeing the locals exercise in front of a big red building that will soon house a new museum. They moved around in a circle, all performing the same moves to local music. We had seen this elsewhere but the display in Shangri-la was charming and the best. We must have watched them for at least an hour.
We had stopped at a local bakery to pick up some treats, and when we arrived about 9pm at the hotel, we noticed that they offered complimentary tea. We sat down with the intention of having a single cup of tea, but the ginger tea was so amazingly delicious that I must have had three cups. Wish we could do that again, especially with the same goodies from the local bakery. Walking around Zhongdian, wandering around the streets of the old town, watching the locals exercise/dance, and drinking ginger tea with local bakery treats made a memorable afternoon and evening. And it was nice to return to our very pleasant room where we both slept well.
Breakfast was buffet-style with a large variety of food. Service was gracious and attentive.
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