Zhongdian, also called Shangri-La, north into the Tibetan plateau of south-eastern Kham. At 3,300 meters above sea level lies Gyalthang, which translated means the land of "Limitless Bounty". Under blue Tibetan sky are the majestic snow-capped peaks, virgin forests of immense spruce and pine trees, meadows ablaze with fragrant wild flowers and pristine lakes. The town of Gyalthang (Zhongdian in Chinese) is the capital of the Diqin Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture. The prefecture is a treasure house of bio-diversity supporting about 7000 species of native plants among them azalea, rhododendron. Spend time today at the Songzanlin Monastery, the Napa Nature Reserve, the local market and some local Tibetan residences.