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“Nice little old town”

Dukezong Ancient Town
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Private Day Trip of Shangri-La with Monastery Visit
Hong Kong, China
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“Nice little old town”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2013

Better than Lijiang which is too over crowded. Nice little shops, cafes and restaurants. Worth 2 nights stay at least.

Visited January 2013
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“A colorful old town!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2012

It can be overwhelmed with loads of tourists in the afternoon to evening. Quieter at night.

There is a cafe plus art gallery in town for you to enjoy Shangri-La skyline especially for sunset, and houses rooftop in town (similar to what you will get in Lijiang). The skyline view is superb! Order a drink, sit down and have a chit-chat feels really good!

Apart from that I was recommended to a hotpot shop in town that serves delicious chili sauce to go with yak meat hotpot. Too bad I cannot remembered the shop name. ;o(

The stuff sold in most of the shops are similar. I also saw lots of hostels with own characteristics that is not so far from the town square, which is good.

Don't forget to visit a temple with giant prayer wheel. This is a place that gives you 360 degree views of Shangri-La old town. You will be mesmerized by the view on superb good weather.

Visited October 2012
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“Dusty, one yak cheese store kind of town”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2012

We visited 3 ancient towns in Yunnan, Duke Song disappointed. There is nothing Shangrila-ish about it. It's an old town like so many other old towns in a country full of old towns. Cobblestoned streets, old buildings, trinket stores galore, coffee shops, bars and restaurants, period. The unusual knick knacks here are carvings from horns, animal skinned things, knives, Tibetan religious things, yak yoghurt and yak cheese. Sanitized yak meat items are available in restaurants in Duke Song but for authentic yak meat restaurants there are two to the right of the town parking lot. Go there only if a fresh yak carcass for decor will not upset you. There is a gigantic prayer wheel and a huge golden looking one that are great photo ops. A nightly "line" dance, led by old ladies in the town square is kinda fun. I also enjoyed tasting western style yak cheese at the cheese store in town.

Visited September 2012
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“Dukezong Temple & Old Town”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2012

Do visit the glistening Dukezong temple, great views from the hill top over the old town, and watch / participate with others in turning the giant prayer wheel (that's the golden tower you see in the pics).

Dukezong Old Town is quaint and well preserved, albeit a bit touristy with lots of shops selling knick-knacks. The main square has dances starting at 730pm every night where the tibetan locals and visitors can dance together. The square and main street leading to the car park can be noisy and crowded in the evenings but thankfully shuts down by 11pm. Wrap up if you go late autumn / winter as temperatures plummet in the evenings!

Visited October 2012
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“A quaint and relax old town”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2012 via mobile

Compared to Lijiang old town, Dukezong is much more quieter, relax and smaller in size. We were told that this may be due to the Chinese school holiday was ending. There are mainly hostels, cafes, bars, restaurants and souvenir shops. 老谢老字号特色火锅楼 serves some delicious hotpot in yak meat, chicken or the local traditional preserved por ribs. We spend 2 days exploring the alleys of the old town and hardly see any tourists. It was really very relaxing just chilling and sitting in the cafe reading and going through the photos we took along the way.

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