Martin Yan's Hidden China

Mythical Shangri-La

Season 1, Episode 8 of 13

The mythical paradise of Shangri-la truly exists and, in this episode, Martin Yan finds it. In his journey to this remote corner of Western China, he experiences a little heaven on earth. Here, spirituality infuses everyday life. Throughout the town, he finds many shrines and prayer wheels. He pays a visit to the renowned Song Zanlin Temple, a spectacular compound that overlooks the entire town. At the temple, Martin visits with the head Lama and witnesses first-hand the life of the monks who reside there. Then he explores the surrounding countryside and pays tribute to the rich Tibetan culture, with its amazing arts and crafts. Returning to town, he is greeted with a fabulous Tibetan banquet, featuring famous local dishes, such as grilled yak, leg of lamb and potato pancakes. Martin's Cooking Tip: Rice & Bean Noodles.

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