Styles: Secrets of Shangri-La

For centuries the tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan has remained as enigmatic and elusive to Western eyes as the legendary Abominable Snowman that ambles across its snowy slopes. Dotted with aerie temples and emerald valleys, ruled by a Dragon King whose subjects dress like Renaissance page boys, Bhutan relished the role of the world's last Shangri-La, and kept a closed door to foreigners. As a result it preserved a way of life indistinguishable from that of its countrymen a thousand years ago.

Today all that seems destined to change. Nestled next to Communist-ruled Tibet, Bhutan has become a last frontier...

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