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Sumtsaling Monastery

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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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The biggest monastery in Shangri-La.

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Beautiful monastery

Beautiful colorful momentary.. you should buy a ticket and than take a bus ride that bring you till the entrance. There are few tens of steps up to the temple's area and all are... read more

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Tel aviv
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Beautiful colorful momentary.. you should buy a ticket and than take a bus ride that bring you till the entrance. There are few tens of steps up to the temple's area and all are very impressive to walk around and see the statues and colorful flags around.

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Shanghai, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A really great experience and worth doing if in Shangri-La! Take the No.3 Bus from the city, the last stop is the Monastery. The No.3 bus only costs ¥1. You will be instructed to get off the bus to purchase a ticket (some Chinese locals live on the road near the monastery so they usually stay on the bus). You... More 

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Shanghai, China
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Not far from the old town. Entrance fee not cheap but quite worth the money. One has to look beyond the souvenir stores. There are about 5 different areas one should visit. The view from the top is ok, the view from the bottom is good for photos. Recommend to not walk up the stairs but enter through the left... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was a pleasant way to spend a few hours on a rainy day. The walk around the lake was worth doing.

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

what an amazing temple full of life, full of color, full of spirituality one of my favorite place during my trip in china!

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2016

No doubt this monastery is very attractive, and it was historically very important, which makes it well worth visiting, but it is not a miniature version of the Potala. The powers that be have decided to charge visitors an exorbitant fee to visit, and by banning ordinary vehicles from approaching, have forced people to get on the monastery sightseeing buses.... More 

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Sandnes, Norway
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016

This Lamasery / temple complex features a main temple in a similar style to Potala Palace in Lhasa. As it's a large complex it has a lot of more modern housing for the resident monks and workers surrounding the main temple. There are also several smaller temples inside the complex. There are a few smaller souvenir shops within but they... More 

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Eilat, Israel
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2016 via mobile

To get to the monastery we took bus 3. The last stop is at the monastery, but one stop before that (3 km from the site) an army station stopped us, two soldiers went up and took tourist looking people!!! When we went down we were told we have to pay 115 yuan for the entrance and a special shuttle... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016 via mobile

A very beautiful monastery, they say it's a mini Potala. We paid 100¥ each, bought the tickets in our hostel with discount from 115¥, and it was worth it. We visited this monastery in one morning and entered all the temples inside with no rush, and in the afternoon went to the Potatso National Park. It's definitely possible to calmly... More 

1 Thank Cátia N
Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2016

Sumtsaling Monastery, the largest Tibetan monastery in Yunan. The chants of the monks, the quiet atmosphere in the several chapels made it a great serene and holy place. Situated at an attitude of 3380m in Shangrila, it is called Little Potala for a reason 噶丹松赞林,汉名“归化寺“,位于中国云南省迪庆藏族自治州香格里拉市建塘镇以北约5公里处,海拔3380米,于1683年建成,为云南省最大的藏传佛教寺庙,属格鲁派。号称“小布达拉宫”。原建筑物于1966年文化大革命时期被摧毁,1982年开始在废墟原址重建。

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