What country changed the name of a city to Shangri-La?

Here is the question :

WHAT COUNTRY CHANGED THE NAME OF A CITY TO SHANGRI-LA?


Here is the option for the question :

  • India
  • Nepal
  • The Philippines
  • China

The Answer:

And, the answer for the the question is :

China

Explanation:

[STC002591] Even though it is unknown for certain where James Hilton got the idea for the mythical Himalayan hideaway he called Shangri-La in his 1933 novel Lost Horizon, the Chinese government decided to give the name Shangri-La to the county and city of Zhongdian in the northwest of Yunnan province. This was done despite the fact that no one knows for certain where Hilton got the idea. While the name change was a bit of a marketing ploy to draw tourists, they weren’t too far off: China’s Shangri-La is also an isolated place of snow-capped mountains and mystical monasteries where ethnic Tibetans live harmoniously with nature.