Shangri-La is situated in the northwest of Lijiang, both in the northwestern part of Yunnan, with a crow-fly distance of about 120 kilometers and a driving distance of about 187 kilometers. Shangri-La is a small mountainous city with an average altitude of 3,280 m. Transportation options are limited here.
How to Get to Shangrila from Lijiang by Train?
At present, there is no railway to Shangri-La yet. The Lijiang–Shangri-La railway or Lixiang railway is a railroad under construction in Yunnan Province of Southwest China, due to be completed in 2020. The shorthand name of the line is named after its two proposed terminal cities, Lijiang and Shangri-La. The line is slated to run 139 km (86 mi) from Lijiang, the rail head of the Dali–Lijiang railway, north to Shangri-La in northwestern Yunnan. The designed driving speed is 120 kilometers per hour and the total construction period is 6 years.
The railway is an important project of China’s medium and long term railway network planning in the western region, and an important part of the Yunnan-Tibet railway, which passes through the famous scenic spots such as Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Tiger Leaping Gorge and Haba Snow Mountain.
After the completion of Lixiang railway, it will be connected with the existing Kunming-Lijiang railway, linking the tourist resorts of Dali, Lijiang and Shangri-La in Yunnan to drive the development of tourism economy and social development along the route. At the same time, Shangri-La will also be associated with the whole country and even southeast Asia, South Asia and other places.
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