The name "Shangri-La" first appeared in James Hilton's 1933 novel Lost Horizon as a fictional utopia high in the Tibetan Himalayas, where life is enlightened and days are lived in peace and wonder. So influential was the myth that the term now appears in the dictionary as a synonym for a remote paradise. Several communities deep within the snowcapped Himalayas have since claimed to be the novel's inspiration, and the China-Tibet border town of Zhongdian even renamed itself Shangri-La in 2001. But any definite location of any actual Shangri-La, as with Buddhism's enlightened Himalayan kingdom of Shambhala, is pure speculation.
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