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Sumtsaling Monastery

Zhongdian, Shangri-La County 674400, China
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The biggest monastery in Shangri-La.
  • Excellent57%
  • Very good32%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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Zhongdian, Shangri-La County 674400, China
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Reviewed yesterday

A nicely decorated but busy monastery. A lot of steps to climb. Visited the inner part of the buildings to enjoy the decorations and religous rites. Good for some understanding of tibetian culure.

Thank qiang73
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I think this place is lousy. The monastery was small and just ordinary. Nothing to look forward to. The admission fee was absurd. It should be free of charge. Saw a few local ladies selling yogurt. They claimed it was made from yaks' milk. This...More

1  Thank KelvinPg
Reviewed 31 October 2017

Shangri La is a idyllic place, isolated from the outside world, surrounded by harmonious valley and mountains Our Guide Rinchen did an amazing job in delivering his enormous knowledge and passion of the the Tibetan culture and religion to our group. Thanks to China odyssey...More

Thank Rose D
Reviewed 29 October 2017

Busy monastery, nicely decorated, a lot of buildings to visit, als nice short walk around the lake with views of the monastery

Thank Wilbert D
Reviewed 22 October 2017 via mobile

This was one of the most impressive places we saw while in China. It can House more than a thousand monks but has about 400. There are 114 steps to climb so in this altitude take your time.

Thank Cheryl E
Reviewed 22 October 2017 via mobile

We followed the lonely planet advice of turning left behind the ticket office, slightly back towards town on a track, then up over a hill towards the monastery lake to get in for free as we didn’t want to take the bus. Supposedly they check...More

Thank livvynatasha
Reviewed 16 October 2017

If you are in Shangri-La then a visit to this monastery is a must. The monastery itself is beautiful but you also can enjoy some great views of the surrounding area when you climb to the very top. A great way to experience Tibetan buddhism.

Thank OzIntrepidTraveller
Reviewed 9 October 2017

The monastery is well worth a visit although it can get crowded with Chinese tourists sometimes. It used to be the summer palace of the Dalai Lama and it is clearly based on the buildings in Lhasa. There are extensive landscaped grounds with a lake...More

Thank Notdunroaming
Reviewed 7 October 2017

We were able to poke around the temple and enjoy, but the best part were the two temples where we could ascend the stairs to small temples and rooftop views. Most of the tourists ove look these, but read Wikipedia travel for details. Very worth...More

Thank sammy10dog
Reviewed 3 October 2017

I came to this monastery from Shangri-La for a day trip around the country side. From some valleys, we could see this monastery from distant. It was very beautiful and charming. When we arrived to the monastery, it wasn't like anything I had seen before....More

Thank mothy16
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Jeff C
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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