Jonathan Mirsky

Seeking Shangri-La

The High Road to China: George Bogle, the Panchen Lama and the First British Expedition to Tibet


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When I look on the time I have spent among the Hills, it appears like a fairy dream … The novelty of the Scenes, and the People I have met with, and the novelty of the life I have led, seems a perfect illusion … Farewell ye honest and simple People. May ye long enjoy that Happiness which is denied to more polished Nations; and while they are engaged in the endless pursuits of avarice and ambition, defended by your barren mountains, may ye continue to live in Peace and Contentment, and know no wants but those of nature. 

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