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Dukezong Ancient Town, Shangri-La County

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In January 2014, a fire destroyed most of Dukezong Ancient Town, a Tibetan town over 1,300 years old. Even though most of the old buildings and precious relics and artifacts are gone, you can still see a peaceful "old" town of two-story wooden buildings: houses, cafes, restaurants, and souvenir shops with cobbled lanes between them. Don't miss the chance to try delicious Tibetan food, including specialties like yak cheese and hot pot. The rebuilt town has an authentic look, but a lot of the old spirit has, naturally, disappeared. To add something authentic to your visit, go to the top of the nearby hill and admire a giant golden prayer wheel--the largest in the world and well worth seeing. Put Dukezong Ancient Town into our Shangri-La County vacation planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • The old town is a bit like Lijiang however far fewer people and less commercialised. There are a number of shops selling gifts for reasonable prices and many restaurants. Even though the weather in Sh...  more »
  • when we visited lots of construction still going on screen the huge fire in 2014 which burnt most of the ANCIENT town to the ground. we stayed in this charming little place called Timeless Inn run by ...  more »
  • Here, hotels, eating and living convenience. Impressed me most is the turn the cylinder, you can experience. As if there was a temple, not remember. Anyway, if you have just come over here, you can in the city around, this way also has a bar, singing little brother's sound. Square in the evening there will be dancing, and pretty lively.
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Where to stay in Shangri-La County

Most of the accommodations in Shangri-La County lie in the south of the main town. Centered around Guishan Park, the options here include budget hostels and hotels, and family-run guesthouses on atmospheric commercial streets. Look to the north of the main urban area for a selection of more upmarket establishments--some set in converted historic buildings, and others offering new-build luxury with pools, restaurants, and spas. The rural areas of scenic farmland north of town feature a couple of refined hotels with extensive views of the landscape that surrounds.
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