Songtsam Lodge, Shangri-La

Songtsam Shangri-La is housed in a traditional Tibetan dwelling and situated next to Songzanlin Monastery, the largest Tibetan monastery in Yunnan. The 75 rooms and suites have all been decorated in a Tibetan style using antique furniture and Tibetan carpets plus hand-made features, such as the copper sinks in the bathrooms.

There is a cosy restaurant serving traditional Tibetan cuisine as well as Western food, all cooked using local ingredients to create a real fusion of flavours. The restaurant is organic and is supplied by many of the surrounding villages. The rooftop terrace boasts wonderful views of the lake and monastery or relax in the courtyard with its pretty garden and pond, or maybe indulge in a sauna or massage.

Why we like songtsam shangri la

Going off the beaten track on your holiday to China can often mean you have to compromise on comfort but at Songtsam lodges that is not the case. At Songtsam Shangri La you can experience comfort and wonderful hospitality in a stunning yet remote location.


  • Restaurant serving local Tibetan and international cuisine
  • Sauna, hammam and massage


A visit to the Songzanlin Monastery really is a must. It is the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery in the province and all guests at Songtsam receive a complimentary ticket. The region is brimming with magical scenery and Tibetan culture which is easily explored via hiking trails or by horseback or bicycle.


Located in the heart of the town of Shangri La at an altitude of around 3,300 metres and just 20 minutes from Diqing airport.

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