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Thursday, April 05, 2018

Definitions for Shangri-la

  1. a faraway haven or hideaway of idyllic beauty and tranquility.
  2. an imaginary paradise on earth, especially a remote and exotic utopia.

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Citations for Shangri-la
A small settlement wedged between fjord-like Lake Chelan and the jagged eastern slopes of the Cascades, Stehekin has several comfortable lodges, an excellent bakery and, best of all, relatively few visitors. ... First, of course, we had to get to this little Shangri-La. Ethan Todras-Whitehill, "In the Cascades, a Trifecta for Outdoor Enthusiasts," New York Times, September 17, 2014
With its youth and isolation and spectacular scenery, there was a tendency to think of Los Alamos as a Shangri-La. Katrina R. Mason, Children of Los Alamos: An Oral History of the Town Where the Atomic Age Began, 1995
Origin of Shangri-la
The placename Shangri-La was coined by the English novelist James Hilton (1900-54), but the name has a firm Tibetan etymology. Shangri-La in Tibetan means “Shang Mountain Pass,” from Shang, the name of a region in Tibet; ri means “mountain,” and la means “pass.” Beyond the name itself, everything associated with Shangri-La is pure speculation and fantasy. Shangri-La entered English in 1933.