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Sumtsaling Monastery

Zhongdian, Shangri-La County 674400, China
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The biggest monastery in Shangri-La.
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Zhongdian, Shangri-La County 674400, China
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This was one of the most impressive places we saw while in China. It can House more than a thousand monks but has about 400. There are 114 steps to climb so in this altitude take your time.

Thank Cheryl E
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We followed the lonely planet advice of turning left behind the ticket office, slightly back towards town on a track, then up over a hill towards the monastery lake to get in for free as we didn’t want to take the bus. Supposedly they check...More

Thank livvynatasha
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are in Shangri-La then a visit to this monastery is a must. The monastery itself is beautiful but you also can enjoy some great views of the surrounding area when you climb to the very top. A great way to experience Tibetan buddhism.

Thank OzIntrepidTraveller
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The monastery is well worth a visit although it can get crowded with Chinese tourists sometimes. It used to be the summer palace of the Dalai Lama and it is clearly based on the buildings in Lhasa. There are extensive landscaped grounds with a lake...More

Thank Notdunroaming
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were able to poke around the temple and enjoy, but the best part were the two temples where we could ascend the stairs to small temples and rooftop views. Most of the tourists ove look these, but read Wikipedia travel for details. Very worth...More

Thank sammy10dog
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I came to this monastery from Shangri-La for a day trip around the country side. From some valleys, we could see this monastery from distant. It was very beautiful and charming. When we arrived to the monastery, it wasn't like anything I had seen before....More

Thank mothy16
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a great historical monastery, mainly about Tibetan Buddhism. We got a tour of the temple, surrounding homes and rooms, and also got to sample some of their food.

Thank Jay L
Reviewed August 14, 2017 via mobile

We went at lunch time and were able to avoid all the Chinese tour groups. The monastery is covered with amazing murals. It was my first time in a Tibetan Buddhist temple and it was beautiful. You can climb to the top of the temple...More

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Reviewed August 5, 2017 via mobile

In the countryside outside the city this monastery is amazing. When you manage to avoid the groups of visitors it offers delightful moments and discoveries

Thank Marie-Cécile C
Reviewed July 25, 2017

From the moment you see it on your approach this is an imposing structure going up the hillside. Within the walls is a large compound of living accommodation for the monks. From the road level you go through an impressive gate to the foot of...More

Thank Mike C
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Response from kobusm913 | Reviewed this property |
We did rent a car with driver from Lijiang to Shangrila, with a 2 hour stopover at Tiger Leaping Gorge. It's was a sedan suitable for 3 passengers and it cost RMB 600. Get a local person to contact several vendors and... More