Originally a fictional locale, Shangri-La is now a Chinese township (newly renamed from Zhongdian) in Yunnan Province—although India, Pakistan, Nepal, and Tibet have also claimed to be the inspiration behind British writer James Hilton’s vision of Utopia. The surrounding area, now a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site, has experienced both recognition for its beauty and controversy over development.

The word “Shangri-La” originated from the Tibetan language, meaning a “bright moon in one’s heart.” The Chinese have renamed

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By |2014-12-16T16:54:18-05:00January 23rd, 2012|Berkshire Encyclopedia of China, Geography, Site|Comments Off on Shangri-La (Xiānggélǐlā 香格里拉)|Xiānggélǐlā 香格里拉 (Shangri-La)

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