The Shangri La Handicraft Center was founded in 2006 to protect and promote cultural heritage, handicrafts and sustainable tourism in Shangri La, Yunnan.

      Shangri La is called home to more than 20 different ethnic groups including the colorful Khampa Tibetans, Naxi, Mosuo, Lisu, Yi and more.  These groups have lived in peace and harmony on the highland plateaus, in narrow mountain valleys and along the beautiful rivers of Diqing Prefecture for centuries.  The area is also home to a wide range of biodiversity including many endangered species of plant and animal life.

     The Shangri La Handicraft Center is a partner with the people of Shangri La, helping to develop local crafts both for income generation as well as preserving the unique cultural heritage of the region.