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It was the British writer James Hilton's novel, The Lost Horizon, some 50 years ago, that brought fame to an unknown and uncontaminated place- Shangri-La -and made the area a household name. The novel describes in great detail the stunning scenery in the area; the azure sky, the breathtaking beauty of the landscape and the hospitality of the honest and unsophisticated people who welcome weary travelers to their homeland.

In the Tibetan language, Shangri- La means a place of good fortune and luck. Located in the midst of three rivers; the torrential Jinsha, Langcang and Nujiang, Shangri-La is a sacred scenic region with distinguishing features. Scores of years have witnessed the failure of numerous efforts to seek out and pinpoint the exact location of this dreamland. A few years ago, after years of persistent searching and researching, the government of Yunnan Province finally declared the discovery of Shangri-La and the long lost horizon was recovered in Diqing, this stunning prefecture in Yunnan Province.

Napahai Nature Reserve (napahai ziran baohqu) is both an ideal grazing field for herdsmen and a paradise for many species of birds. This is, in the true sense, a seasonal lake. When summer comes, snow on the adjacent mountains melts and flows down into about ten rivers forming a vast lake. In the dry season, Napahai becomes a boundless green grassland--the best time for herding sheep or cattle. Every September, the lake again turns into a temporary habitat for migratory birds, such as bar-headed geese, wild ducks and black-necked cranes (one of the 12 rarest bird species in the world). During this period, the lake becomes an ideal place for ornithologists from around the world.

Shangri-La Travel Guide

Shangri-La Map
Shangri-La Opera
Shangri-La Interesting
Shangri-La Hotel
Shangri-La Tours

Shangri-La scenic spots
Napahai park | Shuduhu Lake | Haba Snow Mountain | Meili Snow Mountatin| Bitahai Lake | Baishui Terrace |Baimang Snow Mountain | Dekezhong Ancient Town | Songzanlin Monastery | Three Parallel Rivers