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Sumtsaling Monastery

Address: Zhongdian, Shangri-La County 674400, China
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
Owner description: The biggest monastery in Shangri-La.
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Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
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Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Owner description: The biggest monastery in Shangri-La.

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Wiener Neustadt, Austria
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

I have to say that this was my first Tibetan monastery which I saw in my life. If you haven´t seen one before you wouldn't understand my surprise when I saw all this beautiful architecture. I spend I believe 5 hours there walking the temple (don't only see the main temples but as well the small chapels all around the... More 

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Shangri-La County, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

Don't miss to visit but if you have the budge hire a local guide and get the best of local Tibetan Culture and learn very details of Tibetan arts.

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Shenzhen, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

I have never seen a monastery of this scale, and although it is huge with buildings that seem to go on and on each interior is as intricately decorated as the last. Really incredible. Went at sunrise which was nice as it was empmty and we saw the monks opening the doors, but I would suggest you arrive after 8/8:30... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Because you are at an attitude of more than 3000 meters above sea level. Take 5 steps or 7 steps at a time when going up to the top of the Monastery. The guide/monk when stop after 7 steps and explains what you should see and know waiting for you to recover from your breath. Take pictures whenever you feel... More 

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Northern Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

The monastery perches on top of a small hill and it is an impressive sight looking from below. Go there in the morning, when the sun shines on the golden temple roofs and accentuates the rich color of the temple walls.

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

A smaller looking version of Potala Palace.. Very interesting but very commercial. Again I would highly recommend visiting once .. Not during national week or CNY ... But definitely worth the visit.

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Shanghai, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

It was my first time to see such a monastery. Bus line 2 brings you from the ancient town to the reception area (not yet the Monastery) where tickets are sold. Ticket price of 99RMB (golden week) is in my opinion much too high. Included: transport in special busses from the entrance to the monastery.

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Ningbo, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014 via mobile

a totally must do on a trip to Shangrila. Having seen the Potala Palace which is rather grand one feels that this might be a let down? Not so. The tangkhas are elaborate, the statutes well executed and the brass work is gleaming. The camera takes a life of its own clicking away without any effort on your part.

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Hua Hin, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

This place should be the highlight of any Shangri la visit. It is somewhat outside and made accessible with ECCO BUSES. After an entrance fee is payed, tourists are driven to the parking area blow the monastery. The adjoining small lake with its reflection of the monastery makes an excellent photo opportunity! The three main buildings (visible on the top)... More 

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Shanghai, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

The Monastery is amazing. The location, the colours, the layout. It is under renovation as well, so it is better to go now until they make it too new :) The ticket is around 100 rmb. Depending on how much you are interested in Buddhism, you can spend there from 2 hours and more. It is definitely a place to... More 

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