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China, an East Asian country is one of the world’s oldest civilizations. It has a vast cultural history of more than five thousand years and an outstanding natural beauty. On the other hand, this country has remained a comparatively isolated and secluded one, and being a land of mystery, this country is not known to the western half of the world. However, China is rapidly developing and has grown in the phase of modernization, with an immense speed and is also welcoming the outer world to interact and do business with them.
Shangri-La County is a primarily Tibetan county in northwestern Yunnan Province in southwest China and the capital of Deqen Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture. It was formerly called Zhongdian County  but was renamed after the fictional land of Shangri-La in the James Hilton novel Lost Horizon in 2001. The local Tibetan population refers to it by the name Gyalthang.  Shangri-La or Zhongdian may also refer to Jiantang Town, the capital of the county.
Many travelers use the county town as a gateway into Tibet, either travelling many days overland by Jeep to Lhasa, or by flying from the city's airport. However, the town itself is a tourist destination, primarily due to the nearby Ganden Sumtseling Monastery  and Tiger Leaping Gorge.

Like some of its sister municipalities and towns, Zhongdian is blessed with beautiful surroundings and a unique natural setting. The picturesque scenery, the majesty of nature, the slow pace of life, and the welcoming nature of its people all combine to make this region one of the most important tourist attractions in Central America.

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