CHINA CCTV documentary "Deep into Shambhala" garners high praise

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CCTV documentary "Deep into Shambhala" garners high praise

By Yang Meng | CGTN

21:05, January 26, 2018

Some people are saying every frame in China’s new sweeping documentary focusing on a Tibetan region in a Chinese province “is art.”

The documentary, called “Deep into Shambala,” focuses on the humanity and the geography of a Tibetan region in southwest China’s Sichuan Province. 

Frame of "Deep into Shambhala". /Sohu.com

In a five-episode series broadcasting from Monday to Friday, the show records the daily lives and emotional worlds of people living in the Tibetan area throughout the year.

The stories not only reflect the relationship between human and nature, but among different ethnic groups and people of different ages, education, jobs, and faith.

Frame of "Deep into Shambhala". /Sohu.com

“It was breathtaking masterpiece; Shambhala really is the pure land,” said a Chinese netizen. Praise abounds not only for the stunning cinematography, but also for the theme music composed by the Italian musician Simone Giuliani.

Frame of "Deep into Shambhala". /Sohu.com

The success of “Deep into Shambala” is well earned, as the documentary crew had to overcome altitude sickness, hostile weather, and other elements of the harsh highlands and mountains since they began filming in 2017.

The entire trip was over 110,000 kilometers (about 68,200 miles), and the shooting lasted over 270 days.

Frame of "Deep into Shambhala". /Sohu.com

The popularity of the show may boost tourism to the area.

However, located in Ganzi, an autonomous Chinese prefecture on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, traveling to Shambhala is not easy.

Frame of "Deep into Shambhala". /Sohu.com

Jiang Li, member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), told Sichuan Daily, “With Yakang highway, the transportation of Ganzi still cannot meet the needs of the tourism development.”

To make it more convenient for tourists, public transportation needs to be improved.

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