Shang Simla, China is home to people that value discipline, peace, and clarity of mind over all else. While there, adventurers are encouraged to visit the Academy to learn the Martial Arts skill, then head to the Scholar's Garden for introspective meditation. If you're lucky, you may even catch one of Shang Simla's famous fireworks shows!
Shang Simla is a peaceful community set near a mountainous area of China near the Great Wall. It was founded by a group of monks with an ethos of discipline and Martial Arts. It is full of colorful flora, such as Chinese elms and cherry trees, growing on deep green hills. The town is named after Shang Ri-La and it is based on a mountainous town in Shaanxi or Shanxi, most likely Xi'an, but features the Forbidden City in the middle, which is based on the real Forbidden City in Beijing. This sub-hood features activities and items that compliment Chinese culture and architecture. Shang Simla is the hub for training in the Martial Artsskill introduced in World Adventures. Sims can also explore landmark tombs and hidden tombs throughout this world, there are numerous adventures to be had. There are numerous pre-made families in Shang Simla, although they all unfortunately lack description texts. Description text on some objects introduced in World Adventures expand on the lore of Shang Simla, depicting characters such as painter Han Shin.
A trip to Shang Simla costs §1300 for a single Sim and §1000 for each additional Sim, making it the cheapest vacation destination the player's Sims can travel to.
All Sims among these families have the hidden Asian Culture trait. NPCs generated in Shang Simla do not have this trait, instead they have the hidden trait connected to their job (e.g. Pizza Appreciator for Pizza Delivery), and other Sims such as Explorers have no hidden traits at all.
In The Sims 4: Movie Hangout Stuff, there is an item called "Lilacs & Lanterns" mentioning Shang Simla, 73 South Shang Simla Hills and Maya Wang. According to the description, Maya Wang was part of Season 4, Episode 1 of Plumbob Pickers. It's unknown whether she played herself, or was portrayed by someone else.