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Shangrila. The name Shangrila was originally used to refer to a fictional place in the novel Lost Horizon. This novel was written in 1933 by James Hilton, and it established Shangrila as an especially harmonious destination. In an attempt to increase tourism, several real China and Nepal destinations have tried to capitalize on the name by calling themselves Shangrila. Of these destinations, the former Chinese county of Zhongdian stands out, largely because of its official name change and its beautiful landscape. Zhongdian was actually renamed Shangrila in 2001. Yunnan Province is where you can find Shangrila China, and the province in general is a popular tourist destination.

Shangrila

Shangrila. The name Shangrila was originally used to refer to a fictional place in the novel Lost Horizon. This novel was written in 1933 by James Hilton, and it established Shangrila as an especially harmonious destination. In an attempt to increase tourism, several real China and Nepal destinations have tried to capitalize on the name by calling themselves Shangrila. Of these destinations, the former Chinese county of Zhongdian stands out, largely because of its official name change and its beautiful landscape. Zhongdian was actually renamed Shangrila in 2001. Yunnan Province is where you can find Shangrila China, and the province in general is a popular tourist destination.

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