China is changing fast. Seemingly overnight it has become an economic and political powerhouse on a global scale. Although it is the recent rise of China that makes the daily news， the last century saw other large and rapid changes： the fall of the last imperial dynasty， the failure of the Nationalist government， and the ascent of Mao Zedong and the new China. How have these changes affected the land and people of China? Can lessons from the past give us insights about the future? For six years， Robert Moseley lived and worked as a conservation scientist in the mountains of northwest Yunnan Province.As part of that work， he set out to answer these questions and apply the results to the conservation of nature and culture. Northwest Yunnan provides a compelling backdrop to explore these issues， with its spectacular mountain environment and diverse ethnic cultures that were once remote， but are now confronted with unprecedented rates of change. Following in the footsteps of early twentieth century explorer-photographers， Moseley and colleagues traveled extensively through this region rephotographing original scenes and comparing them with modern conditions. In Revisiting Shangri-La， he uses this collection of repeated photographs as a powerful visual tool to portray the dynamic and resilient character of people and the land and to communicate future opportunities for conservation.