In the year 1993, James Hilton described an eternally peaceful and quiet place among mountains in the East--- "Shangri-La" in one of his novels for the first time. In the novel "Lost Horizon", an English diplomat Conway and his brother Gorge scattered the English citizens and helped them leave the
dangerous region. On their way home, their
plane was hijacked and fell down into the
mountain in the Tibetan region. Some lucky
survivors were taken to Shangri-la where
Conway found lots of fantastic things in such
a state founded nearly 200 years ago, in which
the local people lived up to more than one
hundred years old and lived peacefully and
harmoniously with the other people, animals
and everything here. The place was
called "Shangri-La" by the local
Fishing among grass
James Hilton located "Shangri-La" in a mysterious valley which was surrounded by snowcapped mountains; near where there were snowclad peaks, blue lakes, broad grassy marshlands, and lamaseries, Buddhist nunneries, mosques, Catholic Church£»the humanbeings and the nature were in perfect harmony, several religions and varies of nationalities exited at the same time;
the temples looked splendid in green and golden; though people contacted the outer world by caravan for a long time, many foreign experts and scholars had come here to investigate and remained much relics...
Obviously, that is not only a beautiful scenery, but also a kind of artistic conception.
With the novel and the film coming out, Shangri-La became very famous in western countries. Later, a Chinese named Guo Huonian used the name of this place and set up "Shangri-La" Hotel Group which
has become one of the most successful hotel group in the world.
At the same time, people didn't give up looking for the legendary Shangri-La. Up to the end of this century, they finally have found--
After inspecting and proving on many
aspects, people found that
Diqing Prefecture, the only Tibetan
region in Yunnan, China, has
striking similarity with
what's described in the tale regarding
either on natural scenery or people's
way of living. Therefore, the
name of "Diqing¡ªShangri-La" spreads worldwide.