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Sumtsaling Monastery

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Address: Zhongdian, Shangri-La County 674400, China
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08:30 - 17:30
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The biggest monastery in Shangri-La.

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If you uds chinese, guided tour is a must.

The atmosphere there was really special, or say, not just there, shangrila itself was a very special and spiritual place. I'd suggest you to join the guided tour, as wt the guide... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The atmosphere there was really special, or say, not just there, shangrila itself was a very special and spiritual place. I'd suggest you to join the guided tour, as wt the guide said was really inspiring. Also, walk ard the lake, take some good photos.

Thank Veronique T
Lake Elmo, Minnesota
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Sometimes called 'Little Portala' this monastery on a hill is a part of ethnic Tibet. Some of the artwork is fantastic. Destroyed in the Cultural Revolution, it has been rebuilt. The climb from the parking lot is strenuous - half way up is a sign in four languages: 'Please avoid strenuous exercise'. We stayed at the hotel just behind the... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Visiting this monastery is one of the best things to do in Shangri-La. If it is a nice day, take the time to walk around the lake opposite the main gate for stunning vistas of the entire monastery with the distant snow-capped mountains. Ticket price includes a guided tour, but in Chinese only - you might be lucky and have... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Having been to Tibet and Nepal, Sumtsaling Monastery doesn't give me the 'wow' factoer. It is still worth paying a visit to it while staying at Shangri-la. The entrace fee is RMB115. The day I visited the Monastery was supposed to be packed with worshippers as it was on the 15th day of the month for Tibetans and Han Chinese.... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The highlight of my time in Shangri-La, the fifth Dalai-Lama's 17th Century palace. It has magnificent views, amazing rooms to visit (no photos) and a feeling of peace and serenity. There are 103 stairs to climb. Not to miss if visiting this area

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Mexico City, Mexico
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The temples looked gorgeous from afar and also up close. There were different temples and we had a good view of the city from the temple as well. It's off peak season and we really enjoyed our visit there.

Thank Lau_traveller
Eastsound, Washington
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a working monastery and although you will encounter a lot of tourists you can escape in the many temples, streets of the village. This is worth the visit. Feel free to wander around the monks for the most part are very welcoming and accepting of tourists. I wandered accidentally into their kitchen and laundry and they were very... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Loved this visit. Took the no 3 bus as suggested which was so local packed with a wonderful array of women of all ages in their beautiful bright pink traditional headdresses. The monastery is huge with more additions in the pipe line. All beautifully kept by a large number of monks. Especially liked the older temple on right which had... More 

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Longwood, Florida
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went here in the late afternoon in mid-March. We were hoping to be able to walk nearby and get a glimpse from a distance, but to even see it you have to pay for a ticket and get on a tourist bus that takes you the 5 minute ride to the entrance. The ticket was expensive for what you... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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Reviewed 21 March 2017

The first time in Shangri-la, the thinking of my life for to visit here, Tibetan cultural more add the experience and open of my eyes.

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