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The city of Zhongdian at 3200 m above sea level, was recently renamed "Shangri-la" by the Chinese government, according to the imaginary location of Shangri-la (which means paradise) described by James Hilton in his book "Lost Horizon." Tibetan Zhongdian says Gyalthang. The influence of the Tibetan minority is very present. The architecture, temples, women fushia turbans are very characteristic. The buildings of the new city are unsightly but they are very colorful
The old town is very pretty. It is made of large elaborately carved wooden houses and cobbled streets very pleasant. Many restaurants have made ​​their home and shops that will offer you yak leather accessories, fabrics, jewelry and others. Sink into the streets of the old town to discover very ancient dwellings and daily life of the premises. In the central square, you can join the men and women of all ages to dance to the rhythm of Tibetan music. This moment of relaxation takes place every evening at 20h, so do not hesitate to go dancing as well as worth the trip!

In the south of the old town you can visit a small temple facing the mill giant prayer of the city. On top of a hill the huge golden monument is operated throughout the day by Buddhists. Also enjoy the view over the rooftops of the old town.