Remaking Shangri-La

Earth Report
S9:Ep2123 mins2005

British writer James Hilton, while trekking in the mountains of Pakistan in 1931, was so taken by the scenery that he coined a term for an earthly paradise, calling it “Shangri-La.” Buddhist, Hindu and Islamic influences that passed along major arteries of the Silk Road produced a unique cultural legacy at this confluence of three great mountain ranges. For the people who live in the kingdoms of the northern areas, it is hardly a Shangri-La. Both the natural beauty and the cultural traditions of the region have suffered. But in this remote area, unnoticed by a global media fixated on terror and extremism, a cultural and environmental revival is underway.

Video Language: English