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SIEGE OF SHANGRI-LA: THE QUEST FOR TIBET'S HIDDEN PARADISE Michael McRae 2002 1st ed Hardcover DJ New
By McRae, Michael
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New York, 2002, 1st edition. 230 pp, b/w photos, map. New hardcover with dust jacket.

Documents the history of exploration, both geographical and spiritual, in Tibet's Tsangpo River Gorge, an acknowledged 'power place' in Tibetan Buddhism and believed for centuries to be the gateway to nirvana. At the far eastern end of the Himalayas lies the Tsangpo River Gorge where the Tsangpo funnels into an impenetrable canyon three miles deep, walled off from the outside world by 25,000-foot peaks. Like the earthly paradise of Shangri-La immortalized in James Hilton's 1933 novel Lost Horizon, the Tsangpo Gorge is a refuge revered for centuries by Tibetan Buddhists as a sanctuary in times of strife, as well as a gateway to nirvana.

This book tells the story of the fabled land's exploration as both a geographical and a spiritual destination, and chronicles the discovery of the truth behind the myths and rumors about it. McRae traces the gorge's exploratory history from the clandestine missions of surveyor-spies and the horticultural expeditions of naturalists in the early 20th century to more recent investigations of scholars, adventurers, and pilgrims seeking the gorge's physical and metaphysical nucleus: the 'Hidden Falls' of the Tsangpo. In the 1990s the Chinese government opened southeastern Tibet to foreigners for the first time since the 1959 takeover, and since then, it's become a hot spot for modern-day explorers. Illustrated with photographs and maps. Notes, bibliography, and index. 


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