Shangri-La originates from Lost Horizon by James Hilton. In Tibetan, it means ‘The sun and the moon in heart’.
Lake Napa, or what people call ‘The Tear of Shangri-La’, appears in the rain season and disappears into Yila Prairie in the dry season. Here, flowers blossom and animals frolic. It’s a pure, peaceful and magnificent paradise on Earth.
Mountains surround Dukezong, an ancient town created in the image of the Shambha-la mystical Buddhist Kingdom. Constructed with white stone, it’s also known as the ‘Moonlight City’. You can even see the villagers walking along the ancient Tea Horse Road.
Legend has it that three Gezong sisters were the daughters of the Mountain God. They were supposed to marry the mountain prince in the east. However, they stayed in Shangri-La and became the three main peaks of the Gezong Holy Mountains.