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Where is the Shangri-La?2/20/2013

Shangrila as a reality of place names is meant Shangri-La County (Chinese: 香格里拉县)is a primarily Tibetan county in northwestern Yunnan province, Southwest China and is the location of the seat of the Dêqên Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture.

The county was formerly called Zhongdian County (Chinese: 中甸县 Zhōngdiàn Xiàn) but was renamed in 2001 after the fictional land of Shangri-La in the 1933 James Hilton novel Lost Horizon, in an effort to promote tourism in the area. The local Tibetan population refers to it by the name Gyalthang (Tibetan), which is the Tibetan name for Jiantang Town (建塘镇 Jiàntáng Zhèn), the county seat.
This fascinating place has become a land of dreams for many tourists and adventure lovers. The clean air, white clouds, blue sky, breathtaking beauty, and the warm heart of the honest and unsophisticated local people soothes the soul and allows the mind to rest here. Even today, Zhongdian remains a pristine natural paradise with mysterious and bewitching qualities.
Three snow-capped mountains, Meili, Baimang, and Haba, tower magnificently over the landscape. The region is crisscrossed by the Golden Sand, the Mekong, and the Yangtze River and the snowy peaks form a beautiful backdrop. Cattle graze leisurely in the meadows where exotic flowers and verdant grasses wave in the gentle breeze. In the depths of the surrounding forests an exotic world of rare birds and animals can be found.
Shangri-la is also a paradise for mountaineers. There are nearly one hundred snowcapped peaks which are a constant challenge irresistible to mountain climbers. Mother Nature has endowed Shangri-la with bountiful natural resources, making the land a happy home for 100,000 ethnic minorities, including Tibetans, Lisus, Naxis, and Yis.