Ancient Tibetan town ravaged by fire

Updated 12:20 AM ET, Mon January 13, 2014
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Firefighters work to put out a fire in Dukezong, Shangri-La county, Yunnan province in southwest China on Saturday. STR/AFP/Getty Images
Wooden houses in the ancient town caught fire and the blaze spread quickly. STR/AFP/Getty Images
A fire truck navigates a narrow street. STR/AFP/Getty Images
Firefighters battled the blaze that razed two thirds of the town for 10 hours. STR/AFP/Getty Images
Much of the ancient town was turned to rubble, but no casualties were reported. STR/AFP/Getty Images
This 2012 photo from travel agency TravelBirds shows Dukezong in all its original glory. The town is home to ancient Buddhist temples and a giant golden prayer wheel. Courtesy of
Dukezong means "town of the moon" in Tibetan and was built during the Tang dynasty. Courtesy of
The town is a popular tourist destination and is located in a region known as "Shangri-La." Courtey of
Narrow lanes are lined with ancient dwellings. Courtesy of
Dukezong is laid out in the shape of a lotus flower according to theories described in Tibetan Buddhist scriptures. Courtesy of