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imaginary earthly paradise, 1938, from Shangri La, name of Tibetan utopia in James Hilton's novel "Lost Horizon" (1933, film version 1937). In Tibetan, la means "mountain pass."
A fictional land of peace and perpetual youth; the setting for the 1933 novel Lost Horizon by the English author James Hilton, but probably best known from the movie versions. Shangri-La is supposedly in the mountains of Tibet.
Note: A “Shangri-La,” by extension, is an ideal refuge from the troubles of the world.
An ideal place of leisure and secure remoteness; an earthly paradise
[1930s+; fr the fictional Himalayan country in James Hilton's 1933 novel Lost Horizon]