Saturday’s fire in the ‘Shangri-la’ town of Dukezong, Yunnan is said to have...
Jan 12, 2014
The fire that broke out early Saturday morning in Dukezong, Yunnan, has destroyed much of the...
Jan 10, 2014
Dukezong in Shangri-la County, Yunnan, is a town which was built during the Tang Dynasty along the...
Sep 19, 2013
The world’s newest and highest airport is in Tibetan Sichuan, and USA Today’s Calum...
Sep 24, 2012
Recycling tycoon Chen Guangbiao leapt into action after the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake, travelling to Japan to distribute food, blankets and good wishes from China, and personally—according to one Chinese newspaper—pulling three...
Sep 8, 2011
In a blog post translated at High Peaks Pure Earth, Woeser takes Chinese scholars’ criticism of an orientalist Western “Shangri-La complex” regarding Tibet, and turns it around to face them. It is really...
Apr 17, 2010
Asia Society’s China Green project has produced a new video about the melting glaciers on one of Tibet’s holiest sites: Mt Khawa Karpo, known by Chinese as Meili Snow Mountain, is among the most sacred mountains in...
Mar 26, 2009
Zhongdian, Yunnan Province, otherwise known as Shangri-la, by M.Y
Dec 3, 2007
The Christian Science Monitor looks at how the government’s efforts to promote the town of Zhongdian as the original Shangri-La have backfired, as the area is getting overwhelmed by tourists and redevelopment: That approach has transformed a small village of wooden homes tucked along muddy lanes into a town covering 12 square miles and boasting […]
Nov 2, 2006
From Chinaview via Xinhua News Agency: Chinese director Chen Kaige, whose movie “The Promise” allegedly caused environmental damage to a pristine Shangri-la lakeside during shooting, has been nominated for the country’s “Green Chinese” award. Many described it as an outrageous irony in China’s efforts to protect the environment. “How can Chen be nominated? If a […]
Sep 7, 2006
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 […]
Aug 27, 2006
From The Observer: China’s economic boom is starting to reach the most remote corners of western China, giving millions of the world’s poorest people a chance to think about something other than where their next meal is coming from. But from the mountains of the Himalayas to the scrubland of Inner Mongolia, the quest for […]
Aug 12, 2006
Aug 12, 2006
From The Hindu News: China has fined the producers of a hit movie for damaging a historic site in Shangrila in the northern part of Yunnan Province. The Ministry of Construction, which launched a probe into the environmental damage inflicted by the producers of the movie ‘The Promise’, during its production and imposed a fine […]
Jun 1, 2006
From The Guardian: Flashing red neon tubes light up the way to the karaoke bar in Shangri-la’s Paradise hotel, where guests are invited to buy the company of hostesses: 100 yuan (¬£7) to sing for an hour, 200 yuan for a shared dance. Five minutes further on is the Shangri-la “Old Town”, built from scratch […]
May 17, 2006
A new development in the Shangri-la Promise Pollution story from Reuters (link): China will fine the crew of the country’s most expensive movie, “The Promise” by Oscar-nominated director Chen Kaige, for damaging the environment in an area of outstanding natural beauty, state media said on Wednesday. The producers neglected to carry out an environmental impact […]
May 12, 2006
From Xinhua News Agency (link): Leading Chinese producers and directors are supporting a “green production code” and would make every effort to protect the environment during filming. The initiative was put forward Thursday after media reports and government officials criticized producers of “The Promise” over damage caused during filming. “China’s beautiful scenery must be preserved […]
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