Westerners know the mythical land of Shangri-Ia from James Hilton's best seller Lost Horizon, while the Tibetan people living on Diqing Plateau of Yunnan Province know the term Shangri-la from their ancestors. In the Tibetan language, Shangri-Ia means "sun and moon in the heart." Some may say that the Shangri-la of Diqing Plateau is not the same as the one in Hilton's novel, but nobody can doubt its incomparable beauty and mystery.
Diqing, an area in northwest Yunnan Province surrounded by snow-capped mountains with difficult communication, is perhaps the most mysterious land in China. Featuring numerous deep gullies, spiky snow-covered peaks, and rolling meadows for grazing herds, it is impossible to see a flat horizon there. Amid endless natural beauty-the blue sky, the red sun, dense forest, limpid rivers and lakes, lush grasslands, snow capped mountains, and rare animals including the golden monkey and the lesser panda-the Tibetan people, along with other ethnic groups, such as the Naxi, Yi, Bai, Hui, Pumi and Lisu, Jive a peaceful life in a true haven of peace.