No room for Shangri-la in China – Willam M. Reilly

From UPI:

What one generally regards as modern China and its pollution-belching factories dotting the landscape hardly seems to have room for the nostalgic notion of a Shangri-la.

Do not forget the ancient and the future reside side-by-side in China. In Beijing and eastern China in general it is not uncommon to go for days without seeing the sun in many urban areas. It is usually veiled by smog; sometimes at midday it may be strong enough to briefly break through and shadows may be cast.

If Shangri-la exists, and some tourist officials in parts of southwest China would like people to believe it does and can be found in their region, the road to it must start when one exits the 2.5-mile long Erlangshan TunnelÔºà‰∫åÊúó±±ÈößÈÅìÔºâ in China’s “Land of Abundance,” Sichuan Province. [Full Text]

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September 7, 2006 9:14 AM
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