Shangri-La-Closer Than You think

View of Henry Warren’s Shangri-La and house

By Joel Haas

Thanks to Henry Warren, a retired farmer in central North Carolina, Shangri La is closer than you think — and smaller than you’d expect. Like many of us, Henry wanted to retire to “Shangri-La,” a mythical paradise-like valley ruled by kind and wise Buddhist monks in the Himalayan Mountains depicted in James Hilton’s 1933 best seller, Lost Horizons.