Blaze extinguished, but ancient Shangri-la village is lost

A huge fire which began early Saturday, quickly consumed hundreds of traditional wooden buildings of a 1,300-year old village high in the mountains of Tibet.  Chinese officials said there were no casualties among the 3,000 residens. Ancient Dukezon was the reputed model for the Shangri-la of James Hilton’s Lost Horizon, which he depicted as an earthly paradise where monks lived for hundreds of years in isolated tranquility. The Chinese government has touted this reputation as a major tourist draw

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