Shangri-La

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Entering the public consciousness as an "Eden of the East," after the publication of James Hilton's Lost Horizon in the 1939, Shangri-La has been calling western tourists to its peaceful landscape ever since.

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Shangri-La is at the edge of Yunnan Province, near Tibet. It's the latter with which the city is more closely associated. 

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The largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery in the region is the centerpiece of Shangri-La. Songzanlin Monastery is located on a mountain slope on the edge of town. The monastery was built by the 5th Dali Lama and has become the most important and influential Tibetan monastery in Yunnan.