Shangri-La is a city in the Tibetan Plateau in China. It is located at an altitude of 3200 meters above sea level. In fact, the city used to be called Zhongdian County and was a small village. However, the local authorities decided to promote tourism in the region and renamed the settlement to Shangri-La. It was named so in honor of the mystical and mysterious country of universal enlightenment and prosperity, which is being searched for by many philosophers and followers of Buddhism. After the statement that it was here that the events of James Hilton's famous novel "Lost Horizon" took place, tourists rushed into the city in high numbers. Today, it is a popular place to begin hiking and horseback riding in the surrounding area. The town has a monastery on top of the mountain and the largest prayer drum in the world, 21 m high, next to it. To the north of the town, there is a large monastery with a complex of attractions.