I think it is really something to visit if you are in Shangri-La. This monastery can give you a first taste of Tibet. Maybe it is better to do it with a guide if you are interesting about the meaning of the paintings inside the monastery.
Very bad point:
We took bus N°3 to come here from the old city. Two stops before arriving the monastery, a very rude military guy will ask all the foreigners to get out of the bus to buy tickets. Chinese people can continue their way without any problem. If you refuse to get down the bus, this military guy can become violent. Also he seems racist especially to Japanese people (he kick one out of the bus insulting him).
So after that you have to buy a ticket (115RMB) and wait for a tourist bus which will bring you at the same place as bus N°3 do. When arriving there you will see that it is possible to enter in the monastery freely (they will not check your ticket at the entrance).
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