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“The first place where the sun shines is Jiantang in the east, and the most extraordinary place on earth is Shangri-La on the banks of the Milky River.” James Hilton wrote so in his book. The white snow-capped mountains, the vast expanse of grassland, the bright red datura metel and the mysterious lamasery all constitute the most beautiful scenery here. The Tibetan transliteration of Shangri-La is “Shamballa”, which means “the bright moon in the heart”, which also refers to an ideal lifestyle. In English, it is Shangri-La, which means paradise. It is indeed a paradise, a paradise on earth. The city of Shangri La is situated in the centre of the sacred region of the three rivers: the Yangtze, the Mekong and the Salween. It used to be named as Zhongdian or Gyalthang in Tibetan until 2001.

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Shangri-La is originally a fictional place name in the novel “Disappearing Horizon” published by British novelist James Hilton in 1933. The book describes Shangri-La as a place located in a mysterious and peaceful valley at the western end of the Himalayas, where the residents believe in Tibetan Buddhism. In Western culture, Shangri-La usually means an ideal country with oriental mystery and harmony. Since then Shangri-La has aroused countless people’s yearning. Travelling to Shangri-La, you could appreciate the magnificent natural scenery of Baishuitai, Napa Lake, Mount Haba, Pudacuo National Park, and Meili Mountain. There are also loads of cultural and historical spots for you to explore, such as Shangri-La old town, Bai Ji Si Monastery, Ringha Monastery, Songzanlin Monastery and Cizhong.