Shangri-La is real, folks. Serenity now.
If you're looking for a peaceful escape with beautiful views and good food, this is worth the trek and outside the typical China trip where you visit Beijing and Shanghai.
You have the option of flying into the Shangri-La (Diqing) airport or by bus. I was on a bus tour and we visited Lijiang and Dali.
This is a city in the northwestern part of China, in the Yunnan Province, near the north end of Myanmar (Burma). It is in the mountains and at high elevation so you'll want to buy the canisters of oxygen. You may think it's a tourist trick, but trust me, you'll be taking puffs of the oxygen.
We stayed at Songtsam Shangri-La (Lugu) Hotel. This is located adjacent to the Songtsam Lama Temple. The hotel is three stories (maybe four?) with no elevator. I was definitely huffing and puffing after racing up the stairs. The staff takes care of your baggage up and down the stairs so no need to worry about that. There are only 20 rooms so it's an intimate and private experience. Each room is different and everything is decorated to perfection. All of the rooms have excellent views too. If you adore boutique hotels, you will love it here. There are special nooks where guests can relax outside of their room. In the lobby, you can find handmade souvenirs (I bought some handmade copper vases), fresh tea and a rustic wood burning fireplace.
And I haven't even mentioned the best part -- when you arrive, the staff greets you at the door and offers you slippers and tea. These are yours to keep when you depart. You do need to leave the shoes you are already wearing outdoors.
Breakfast-- amazing! I ordered the hot rice noodles, something savory in the morning and it was delicious. I also ordered juice, which was freshly squeezed.