Shangri-La Old Town,  China  Sept.2015

Shangri-La is a county-level city in northwestern Yunnan Province, People's Republic of China, and is the location of the seat of the Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, bordering Sichuan to the northwest, north, and east. Shangri-La was formerly called Zhongdian County but was renamed on 17 December 2001 and upgraded into a county-level city on 16 December 2014 as Shangri-La after the fictional land of Shangri-La in 1933 James Hilton novel Lost Horizon, in an effort to promote tourism in the area. By the end of 2014 rebuilding had started and tourism started to come back. Generally, tourism was not affected by the fire, since the main sights in the old town, such as the prayer wheel and temples were not damaged. Many of the other main sights are located outside of the old town. (