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Address: Zhongdian, Shangri-La County 674400, China
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8:30 am - 5:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Description: The biggest monastery in Shangri-La.

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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 26, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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 NEW

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 NEW

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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Tel Aviv, Israel
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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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Cannes, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

Sunrises/ sunsets views from the lake facing this monastery are just unforgettable! This is by far the nicest sight in Shangri-La. Frankly the interior is not as beautiful as the exterior.The entrance fee at RMB 115 is steep. Nevertheless if you have not been to Lhassa this is the number one place to go in Shangri La. Highly recommended.

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Shanghai Region, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

The walk around lake lamuyangcuo with the view of the monastery was beautifull. Visit to the monastery was interesting and the views from the top of the monastery were outstanding. Though the entrance fee to the are is too expensive.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Paid 115 Yuan for the entrance fees , it seems a little pricey as compared to other attraction fees. However, the view is worth the price, we did not engage with any guide, as we needed to wait quite long for one. The stairs are rather steep & a little bit slippery, so be careful when ascending or descending .

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

Must-see and take your time understanding this important historic monastery. Don't rush and find someone local to help translate the rich tapestry of artwork that offers insight into buddhist symbols.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

It was a big and grand monastery modelled after Potala palace in Lhasa. Interesting place but, as with all other 5A scenic areas in China, has a rather steep admission ticket.

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Additional Information about Sumtsaling Monastery

Address: Zhongdian, Shangri-La County 674400, China
Location: Asia  >  China  >  Yunnan  >  Shangri-La County
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Monday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Tuesday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Wednesday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Thursday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Friday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 2 - 2

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