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Sumtsaling Monastery

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Address: Zhongdian, Shangri-La County 674400, China
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Description: The biggest monastery in Shangri-La.

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Beautiful Monastery well worth a Visit

This large and historic monastery is incredible to behold. It is the largest Tibetan monastery in Yunnan and one of the largest lamasteries outside of Tibet. It is home to over... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

This large and historic monastery is incredible to behold. It is the largest Tibetan monastery in Yunnan and one of the largest lamasteries outside of Tibet. It is home to over 700 monks and in an incredible geographical surrounding.

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Andover, New Hampshire
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Although beautiful and well maintained, it felt a bit too touristy to my liking. I was with a group and my preference is to go to things that are not so "touristy".

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Dalian
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

An ancient buddhist stupa or temple. Please remember to remove your footwear when you enter the temple. And avoid pointing to any of the objects, idols in it. Silence is solicited inside the temple. There is a bus available from the town to this temple, to and fro.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Re-built in the past 10-15 years and described as a mini-Potala Palace. It's especially stunning if you approach it from the lake below.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

If you've never been to a Tibetan Monastery this is probably a great place to go, if you can get past the weird green buses! Huge, loads of Temples. More of a museum than living monastery?

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

There is only one word to describe this place, AWSOME! Though a little pricy, it is well worth the visit! We spent a good half day at the premises, first roaming around the different halls of the Monastry, where we saw monks going about their daily affairs (mid morning - noon). Most of the places are accessible and one can... More 

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Lodz, Poland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Thanks to our guide Richen could learn about the culture and religion of the population of the region of Shangri-la. His enormous knowledge and the way it forward were highly rated by participants in our group. Such guides we meet on your way! Thank you Rinchen.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Not what I was expecting...the area around with the lake is beautiful but the monastery give to me a very commercial feeling since the entrance 2km before: the entrance fee is quite expensive but if you consider the cleanness and all the maintenance of the tracks is ok...I was shocked when inside the monastery they ask me 45$ for a... More 

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Guangzhou, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

On a sunny day this place is breathtakingly beautiful and one of the most authentic feeling religious buildings in China. You can stroll freely around the buildings, talk to the monks and watch the religious services. The walk around the lake is really worth doing for beautiful panoramic views of the mountains, town and monastery. People are complaining about the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

being a bit disappointed to find the almost completely burned down old city of Shangri-la (burned to the ground in a fire in 2014 and currently under a massive reconstruction) we did find many beautiful spots in shangri-la. one of the best one and without a doubt worth visiting is the Sumtsaling monastery. it's called the small Potala for it's... More 

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