Xiaozhongdian Pasture and Flower Sea in Shangrila, Diqing
Xiaozhongdian is most famous for its flower viewing in all four seasons. It's a good place to have a photo shoot and take wedding photos. When it turns to Autumn in September and October, there are fiery-red stellera chamaejasme flowers all around.
Attraction Type: Pasture
Chinese Name: 小中甸牧场(Pinyin: Xiaozhongdian Muchang)
Best Time to Visit: All Seasons
Recommended Visiting Time: 1-2 Hours
Open Hours: All Day
Admission Fee: Free
Altitude: 3,200 meters
Location: Xiaozhongdian Town, on the way to Shangrila from Lijiang, 25 KM to the south of the Shangrila City
Where is Xiaozhongdian Pasture – Location
Xiaozhongdian is on the way to Shangrila from Lijiang. Xiaozhongdian located 25 KM to the south of the county town, bordering Jiantang Town(建塘镇) in the north, Jinjiang Town(金江镇) in the south, Hutiaoxia Town(虎跳峡镇), Sanbei Town(三坝乡) in the east, and Shangjiang Town(上江乡), Wujing Town(五境乡) in the west. The topography is higher in the north with an area of 1054 sq,km. There are 3 villages under its jurisdiction, Lianhe Village(联合村), Heping Village(和平村) and Tuanjie Village(团结村).
History and Culture
Xiaozhongdian is “Yangtang(洋塘)” in Tibetan language which means “Another basin(又一块坝子)”. It is named “Xiaodandang(小旦当)” in Yuan Dynasty, also called Yangdamu(杨达木), belonging to Benbueryisigang(奔不儿亦思刚) ZhaoTao department(招讨司).
How to Get there
Tourists can take the shuttle bus from Lijiang to Shangrila and get off at Xiaozhongdian Town. Or take the local minibus from Shangrila to Xiaozhongdian Town. Car-rental is also very available and Yunnan Exploration can provide this service with skilled drive and good vehicle.
What to See at Xiaozhongdian Pasture
Guests will arrive at the first village in Xiaozhongdian after only half an hour’s drive. From there, guests will go across the beautiful farmland by foot where highland barleys, potatoes and bright yellow rapeseed vegetable are grown. Guests can enjoy the colors of the different blossom seasons in all four seasons and watch the locals labouring in the farmland.
Meanwhile, it’s a good place to have a photo shoot and take wedding photos.
Best Season to Visit
June to October is a nice season to see wild flower in Xiaozhongdian, Shangrila. You can also see Tibetan village, Yaks and other animals. if you are traveling by road in this season, you will not miss it. When it turns to Autumn in September and October, there are fiery-red stellera chamaejasme flowers all around.
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