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Songtsam Shangri-la


Songtsam Shangri-la is the flagship lodge of Songtsam Lodges, it is originally known as Songtsam Hotel or Songtsam Lugu Hotel . It has hosted thousands of intrepid travelers from all over the world in the past 10 years.  

The hotel is 20 minute from Shangri-la (Diqing) airport, we provide airport transportation.

Songtsam Shangri-la (3,290m) is situated right next to the Songzanlin Monastery, the largest Tibetan monastery in Yunnan province. The lodge is housed in a traditional Tibetan dwelling within this typical, self-sufficient Tibetan farming village where the founder of Songtsam, Baima Dorjie, spent his childhood. 

Please click HERE or the image below for a 360 photo of the lodge lobby (By Mr. Jook Leung)


Booking And Enquiry


Standard RoomRMB 760 Including 2 breakfast. Rooms suitable for one to two persons. All rooms are of 15 square meters, equipped with 1.8*2m bed.
Superior Room doubleRMB 960Including 2 breakfasts. Rooms suitable for two persons. All rooms allow 1 extra bed.
Deluxe Room double/twinRMB 1300Including 2 breakfasts. Rooms suitable for two persons. Rooms allow 1 to 2 extra beds.
Extra bedRMB 250including 1 breakfast

Room description

Although most of the rooms are of modest size, they excel in conveying a true homely feel. All rooms are decorated in the Tibetan style with modern comforts. The founder of Songtsam handpicked many of the decorative pieces and furniture for each room. The collection includes antique furniture and traditional Tibetan carpets. Some features are hand-made, such as the copper sinks in our fully renovated bathrooms. Rooms with views over the lake are also available.

Room facilities

  • Cable/satellite television
  • Broadband and wireless connection (Free)
  • 24-hour hot water

Transportation and Activities

* We provide lodge-to-lodge transportation to facilitate travel. For more details please click here
* We arrange daily acitivities free or at basic of charge. For details, please refer to Daily Activities PDF.

  • Facility:

    Our cozy and warm Tibetan restaurant is open all day, serving unique Tibetan cuisine as well as Western cuisine with fusion flavors and local ingredients, such as pizza with Tibetan cheese and herb-seasoned spaghetti. Being an organic restaurant, we are supplied with natural products from many surrounding villages. Additionally, no artificial flavorings, such as MSG or chicken extract, are used in our kitchens.


    The rooftop provides a stunning view of Songzanlin Monastery, the beautiful lake, and stars at night. Cocktail parties or BBQs can be arranged on request


    The sunny courtyard is one of the reasons that guests love about this lodge, watching flowers in bloom and golden fishes swimming in the lovely pond, listening to birds singing, it is a haven for people escaping from the big cities.


    The lobby is not big but very cozy. Decorated by hand picked paintings, old furniture as well as beautiful carpets and fire place, the lobby is a place where guests can sip a cup of ginger tea and relax.

    Conference/Event Room

    Tibetan style with functional settings, the Conference package includes accommodation, group luncheons, tea breaks. Also, we can arrange excursions, activities for the group on request.


About the area

Shangri-la/Zhongdian (“middle district”, whose official name is now Shangri-la), or Gyalthang in Tibetan, is the capital of the Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture and the gateway to the ancient Tibetan kingdom. Located in a wide valley surrounded by soaring snow-capped peaks, primeval forests, and pristine lakes, the region is characterized by traditional villages with white walled and richly-decorated buildings. The town itself, located at an altitude of 10,500 feet above sea level, was formerly an important staging stop for trading caravans, and retains the rich cultural heritage of the Kham, the local people of Tibetan origin. Zhongdian is now officially known as “Shangri-la” after the mythical paradise of natural beauty in James Hilton’s book Lost Horizon, and has retained its identity as a spiritual center despite the rapid tourism development in the region.

Tibetan women do much of the farm work, and throughout the day, they can be seen working in the fields, their bright fuchsia-colored head scarfs popping out from the dark green backdrop. Every family raises its own livestock, including pigs, chickens, sheep, horses, and yaks, an animal that plays an extremely important role in Tibetan culture. Exploring the hills around the hotel, youʼll see farmers, bent over with huge loads of wood and twigs gathered in the mountains, walking single file down the paths. When they get to the village, they will lay their pickings in the pig pens as a cushion or to make humus for the fields. They milk the yaks in the afternoon to make yogurt and cheese, and then they smoke the milk residue over wood-fueled stoves in a conical basket called naiza.