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Old 01-11-2014, 06:22 PM   #1
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Dukezong (shangri-la) 1300+yr old town razed in 10hr fire



Town that is advertised as being the inspiration for the stories of Shangri-La caught fire in the early morning hours and within 10hrs was destroyed :/ such a shame but given the close proximity of everything and the materials I guess it isn't a surprise? :/








Chinese tourist town of Dukezong, Shangri-la, Yunnan, razed in 10-hour inferno | News.com.au

Fire ravages Tibetan neighbourhood said to be inspiration for mythic Shangri-La - The Globe and Mail

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Fire ravages Tibetan neighbourhood said to be inspiration for mythic Shangri-La
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Fire blazed through an ancient Tibetan neighbourhood in southwestern China on Saturday, destroying hundreds of wooden homes and shops that have drawn tourists to an area that has cast itself as the inspiration for mythic Shangri-La.

Chinese television news said that the fire in Dukezong in Shangri-La county, Yunnan province, had broken out in the early hours, and that hundreds of firefighters, soldiers and volunteers had largely extinguished the blaze by late morning. There were no immediate reports of deaths or serious injuries. Yet even without casualties, the fire will deal a heavy blow to a community that has sought to protect its traditions while attracting growing crowds.
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A shame... looks like a beautiful town steeped in tradition and ancient culture
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oh man, that is really quite sad
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Sucks, but that's just waiting to happen. All these old wooden buildings, and most likely no (not just insufficient) sprinklers like modern buildings..
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I'm sure the China government will step in and help all the people who lost their homes
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Now some real estate development firm conveniently steps in to buy the land, build apartments and market them as the new Shangri-la.
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Very sad indeed. But I agree, the government would probably take advantage of this situation
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how did the fire start?
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such a shame...i would've loved to visit this place IRL

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Such a shame to see such to see such tradition destroyed. I'm a big fan of seeing such history in places all over the world. That's why on my first trip to China a couple years back I picked Beijing over Shanghai so I can see some history from my Chinese past.

I also went to Hong Kong for my 2nd time on the same trip, with my previous visit being about 20 years ago. I hated it the first time and didn't enjoy it my 2nd time either but was rather disappointed I didn't see much of that Hong Kong tradition I remember and also seeing in movies and tv throughout my life. Skinnypup touched on this in a different thread as well.

I hope the people who had their homes ruined in this tragic fire get back up on their feet soon and RIP to anyone who may have lost their life.
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I've been to HK every year for the last 6 years - the first 2 years i thought the same. However, its been the last 4 years that I've been able to find the HK tradition that you see in the movies and in television. It takes effort to find it, and you can't really be in Yau Tsim Mong area or else you won't see it, but its there.


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Such a shame to see such to see such tradition destroyed. I'm a big fan of seeing such history in places all over the world. That's why on my first trip to China a couple years back I picked Beijing over Shanghai so I can see some history from my Chinese past.

I also went to Hong Kong for my 2nd time on the same trip, with my previous visit being about 20 years ago. I hated it the first time and didn't enjoy it my 2nd time either but was rather disappointed I didn't see much of that Hong Kong tradition I remember and also seeing in movies and tv throughout my life. Skinnypup touched on this in a different thread as well.

I hope the people who had their homes ruined in this tragic fire get back up on their feet soon and RIP to anyone who may have lost their life.
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Wow... that's sad.

I went there a few years back with my wife (then GF) as part of our Yunan trip.

It' was a beautiful town.
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such a shame...i would've loved to visit this place IRL

not sure why but that remind me of uncharted lol. Is that pic from that game?
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yeah they called it Shambhala lol
it's hard to tell without clicking on it if it's a game with 'good' visuals or just a scenic photo with HDR

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Now some real estate development firm conveniently steps in to buy the land, build apartments and market them as the new Shangri-la.
good theory but I don't many would flock to a new development in a rural area...unless there's some stunning view
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