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“Excellent but over priced”

Sumtsaling Monastery
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$95.00*
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Private Day Trip of Shangri-La with Monastery Visit
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Owner description: The biggest monastery in Shangri-La.
Reviewed April 23, 2014

A really nice few hours...great monastery atop the hill with stunning views.

Given that you are in the back blocks of China the price was quite high...the temple in the heart of town was completely free so paying well over 100 RMB seemed quite steep...

Thank Richard P
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Reviewed April 15, 2014

The monastery itself is quite breathtaking. Great to see some monks and one of them invited us in to have yak butter tea, which was really nice. The tickets were a little bit expensive, 115 CNY per person, which is really expensive for the area.

The worst thing though was that they tried to rip us off. You cannot drive your own car to the monastery entrance, you have to take a bus for a 3 minute drive... Of course on the way back the bus takes you directly to the souvenir shop. My wife is Chinese and her and her friend were looking at the Chinese medicine products they had there. They told her that the medicine was 5 CNY, which is about 1 USD. Then they told her she should grind it up because it is best ground up. After they ground it up they said to her, "it is 5 CNY per gram." They had ground up 1kg for her, so suddenly she was told she had to pay 5,000 CNY! We later looked and this scam is very common for this place. I suppose it doesn't happen a lot to non-Chinese people, because most of what they sell is Chinese medicine, but the authority in charge of this attraction needs to crack down on this scamming. Luckily there were a couple of men with us, and no big intimidating shopkeepers to force us to pay the money. We walked away (with a lot of harassing from them). Avoid the souvenir shop!

3  Thank ShaneUllman
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Reviewed April 11, 2014

This is the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Yunnan. It was almost completely destroyed in the Cultural Revolution and has now been painstakingly rebuilt by the local Tibetan community and the Government. It is beautiful and awe inspiring. There are several hundred monks living there and many halls and chapels. The roof gives one a wonderful view.

Thank ronald s
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Reviewed April 9, 2014

I truly enjoyed walking in the monastery.... climbed all the floors up to the roof (probably because of the low season most of them were open). What a peaceful place, full of color and happy/friendly monks!

Thank RoxLima
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Reviewed February 22, 2014

I think I was there in time for pre-Spring Festival Spring cleaning. Everything was shiny! Very peaceful with only the sounds of chanting and the monks at work. Quite majestic, very large. I suggest the view from the far side of the lake!

1  Thank SophyLu
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