National Geographic : 1945 Dec
"Shangri-la" in Panorama © National Geographic Society Kodachrome by Ray T. Elsmore Lazily the Balim River Meanders the Full Length of New Guinea's Grand Valley The stream passes through a patchwork of farms, handiwork of a strange community cut off from the outside world. Walled villages cluster on the river banks. Here the flooded Balim carries huge quantities of yellowish sediment. Known also as Hidden Valley and Shangri-la, this isolated area lies high in the Oranje Mountains.