Shangri-La is the "Eden in dream". Formerly, the Tibetan population referred to this place by its traditional name Gyalthang meaning "Royal plains". This ancient name is reflected in the Tibetan Pinyin name of the town of Jiantang, the county seat.
"Shangri-La" is 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 but 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 word also evokes the imagery of exoticism of the Orient. In the ancient Tibetan scriptures, existence of 7 such places are mentioned as Nghe-Beyul Khimpalung. One of such places is mentioned to be situated somewhere in the Makalu-Barun region. Shangri-la is often used in a similar context to which "Garden of Eden" might be used, to represent an awesome paradise that exists hidden from modern man. It can sometimes be used as an analogy for a life-long quest or
something elusive that is much sought. For a man who spends his life obsessively looking for a cure to a disease, such a cure could be said to be that man's "Shangri-La". It also might be used to represent perfection that is sought by man in the form of love, happiness, or Utopian ideals. It may be used in this context alongside other mythical and famous examples of somewhat similar metaphors such as The Holy Grail, El Dorado, The Fountain of Youth, and to an extent "white whale" (referring to the white whale chased by the obsessed Captain Ahab in the book Moby-Dick).
2 Days Classic Shangri-la Tour
For this private Shangri-La tour, you will visit the most classic sightseeing sites accompanied by your private English-speaking tour guide. You'll marvel at Songzanlin Lamasery, Dukezong Old Town, the Potatso Park and Napahai Lake Reserve. This tour includes hotel pick-up and drop-off, lunch, private transportation and friendly tour guide.
2 Days Meili Snow Mountain Tour from Shangri-la
This tour takes you to visit remote minority-the legendary Shangri-La. The most magnificent scenery and cultures of Yunnan are waiting to be explored, from ancient towns to snowy mountains, from one of the world's deepest canyons to notable temples. In the tour, you experience Napahai Lake, Nixi Pottery Village, the Big Bend of Jinshajiang, East Bamboo Forest Temple, Flying Temple, Meili Snow Mountain and Baima Snow Mountain.
5 Days 4 Nights Lijiang Shangri-la Tour
Take 5 days Lijiang Shangri-la tour if you have limited time in Yunnan and attracted many travelers to enjoy the beauty of Lijiang Ancient Town and Tiger Leaping Gorge, and get to know Tibetan culture in Shangri-la. This tour would make your journey have more fun and memorable.
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