National Geographic : 2009 May
SEARCHING FOR SHANGRI-LA Two visions of the future compete for the soul of China's western frontier. BY MARK JENKINS PHOTOGRAPHS BY FRITZ HOFFMANN A determined pilgrim climbs through a thin- air tapestry of prayer ags up to a 14,721-foot pass between Yunnan and Tibet. To circle Buddhism s sacred Mount Kawagebo, she will walk for nearly two weeks. FLAP, AT LEFT: THE NU RIVER FLOWS SOUTHWARD THROUGH A NARROW GORGE.