Photographer's Note

Shangri-La is a fictional place described in the 1933 novel Lost Horizon by British author James Hilton. Hilton describes Shangri-La as a mystical, harmonious valley, gently guided from a lamasery, enclosed in the western end of the Kunlun Mountains. Shangri-La has become synonymous with any earthly paradise, and particularly a mythical Himalayan utopia – a permanently happy land, isolated from the outside world. In the novel Lost Horizon, the people who live at Shangri-La are almost immortal, living years beyond the normal lifespan and only very slowly aging in appearance.
The cultural representation of Shangri-La is most often cited to be northwestern Yunnan Province, China, where National Geographic explorer Joseph Rock lived and traveled during the 1920s and early 1930s and wrote several articles in National Geographic magazine that are richly illustrated with superb photography. This coincides with the time when James Hilton would have been writing Lost Horizon, but there is no direct evidence to support this claim. Inn 2001, Zhongdian County in northwestern Yunnan officially renamed itself Shangri-La County.
In Shangri-La, formerly called Zhongdian which ushers in spring later than elsewhere of this province, many visitors will be stung by the blooming azaleas here and there. Indeed, after you drive across the Yangtze River (Jinsha River) between Lijiang and Diqing, and ascend to the Diqing Plateau, you will find it is a really different and exotic place for perfect getaway especially flora tour, not to mention the Tibetan culture.

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Close up of the azaleas

If you want to see waht beasts attacked me (see yesterday note), here is the similar one

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Additional Photos by Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13114 W: 141 N: 33926] (154430)
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