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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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  • Very good32%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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Zhongdian, Shangri-La County 674400, China
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Reviewed 3 April 2015

We stayed in the Songsam Retreat, so we had a good view of the monastery from our room. Really great to look at early in the morning. The guide we had was wonderful and we went through the monastery and she explained the way the...More

2  Thank rodgs
Reviewed 29 March 2015

Even though the Chinese gov't is charging high entry fee (more than 100rmb), Sumtsaling Monastery and surrounding environment is well worth a morning or afternoon. More than 700 monks make the expansive monastery their home. Really an amazing set of temples and structures. Recommend a...More

2  Thank THEmarvmeyer
Reviewed 27 March 2015

The monastery is only a couple of miles out of Zhongdian and to get there you have to park, pay and take the mini bus that takes You to the monastery entrance then it's a very steep climb up 150 steps to the main building....More

1  Thank BobBonHere
Reviewed 3 March 2015 via mobile

We took the bus number 3 near the old town for 1RMB and stopped at the entrance to buy a ticket (75RMB half for student). You can wait for the next bus (number 3) and go directly to the monastery, but we decided to go...More

3  Thank natigolin1
Reviewed 2 March 2015

Sumtsaling Monastery will meet all your positive expectations. Shangri-la isn't yet as hot touristic attraction as Lijiang or Dali, so you won't have impression that you are visiting "just another destination". On contrary, Monasteries architecture is very unique Tibetian heritage and strong local impression which...More

1  Thank jimilee27
Reviewed 19 January 2015

Not the most respectful way to visit is with a big tour group with a leader with a megaphone shouting at folk. We went with a guide, and found this the best way to get to secret places away from the tourists, and really see...More

1  Thank Sam W
Reviewed 11 January 2015 via mobile

This place has a lot of suspiciously brand new buildings but it is still fantastic to walk around. The temples were stunning both inside and outside. There is a back road to the place if you can negotiate with a private car to avoid giving...More

1  Thank travelling890
Reviewed 30 December 2014

There is a flight of steps which you have to climb in order to get to the temple . At the temple , it has a spot where you can take the best photos . From there , you can also see The sacred burial...More

1  Thank Huiqi1999
Reviewed 25 December 2014

We had a guide from the hotel we stayed in who took us up the hill and circumambulated the monastery. We then entered through the back or side entrance and into the halls. This is the largest Tibetan Buddhist Monastery in Yunnan and belongs to...More

1  Thank nellielim
Reviewed 18 December 2014

I have to say that this was my first Tibetan monastery which I saw in my life. If you haven´t seen one before you wouldn't understand my surprise when I saw all this beautiful architecture. I spend I believe 5 hours there walking the temple...More

1  Thank Mark D
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Jeff 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