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Sumtsaling Monastery

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The biggest monastery in Shangri-La.
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Zhongdian, Shangri-La County 674400, China
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Shangri-La is already at some 3'200 metres above sea level, so climbing the steps leading from the entrance to the main part of the monastery can be something of a slog ! However, your efforts will be rewarded as you begin to explore this the...More

Thank Tilliclax
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I thought I could come here at 5pm and walk around the lake, get a nice photo, because it was too late to go inside. I took the bus there, I was the only foreigner and they told only me to get off and buy...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Buddha temple, we were not allowed to take any photos inside the temple but there are so many interesting things to see inside the temple. The surrounding view is fabulous

Thank Nearykourouysrolanh
Reviewed 1 week ago

The 160 or more steps you need to climb are manageable for most visitors, as long as yo do it slowly and steadily because of the higher altitude. The view from the top is magnificent and there are plenty of bronze plaques explaining the Tibetan...More

Thank aquagems
Reviewed 1 week ago

When driving up to the Monastery, you can already feel its a special place. It's a bit unclear in the beginning how to enter (you'll need to take a bus to get to the entrance), but once you do, and climb the long stairs, you'll...More

Thank smbl88
Reviewed 1 week ago

Absolutely picturesque. The Monastery itself is very quiet. There were a few areas that was under construction when we were there. There is no English tour available so the guards allowed us to not wait anymore for the tour guide that was suppose to take...More

Thank Sheena L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

When coming here, you can stop thinking about busy life, just relax with sound of bell, praying and bird. There are many people there when we came but it is very quiet.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The monks are put on display like zoo animals. Tourist walk by staring at them, and they stair back at the tourist. The monastery puts these people's daily life on display like they are in a fish bowl. This was supposed to be a spiritual...More

2  Thank Sondra W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

well, as someone who lives in northwest india close to a number of tibetan monasteries, there is something a bit...sad about this place, seemingly functioning as a tourist destination more than as a monastery, but that would only be relevant to those of you who...More

Thank yatrawallah
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Awesome place with an imposing presence and importance to the region. All the best part are within the 3 inner halls of the monasteries. But photography is prohibited within the inner halls and that's where the beauty and grandness are.. Do get a qualified guide...More

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Jeff C
9 September 2016|
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Response from kobusm913 | Reviewed this property |
We did rent a car with driver from Lijiang to Shangrila, with a 2 hour stopover at Tiger Leaping Gorge. It's was a sedan suitable for 3 passengers and it cost RMB 600. Get a local person to contact several vendors and... More