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Sumtsaling Monastery

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

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Not the most respectful way to visit is with a big tour group with a leader with a megaphone shouting at folk. We went with a guide, and found this the best way to get to secret places away from the tourists, and really see what was going on in the halls and houses around the complex.

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St. Andrews, United Kingdom
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

This place has a lot of suspiciously brand new buildings but it is still fantastic to walk around. The temples were stunning both inside and outside. There is a back road to the place if you can negotiate with a private car to avoid giving the government your money. But in my opinion still worth it especially if you are... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

There is a flight of steps which you have to climb in order to get to the temple . At the temple , it has a spot where you can take the best photos . From there , you can also see The sacred burial ground and a lake in which has ducks . Great scenery !!!

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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206 helpful votes 206 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

We had a guide from the hotel we stayed in who took us up the hill and circumambulated the monastery. We then entered through the back or side entrance and into the halls. This is the largest Tibetan Buddhist Monastery in Yunnan and belongs to the Yellow Hat Sect of the Gelugpa order of the Dalai Lama. The scale of... More 

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

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

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

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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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
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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