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. With our international travel planner, Shangri-La County attractions like Dukezong Ancient Town can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • This Ancient Town has been restored. It was very quiet during our visit in December. The town is very nice with locals dancing at the town square at night. Nevertheless, this place is still livelier t...  more »
  • A lot of old wooden buildings, small streets, stupa and many restaurants and bars. Quiet during the winter during our visits.  more »
  • We were there for 3 nights and just love walking around. It was cold in late October but that did not stop us from venturing at night too. Love the old buildings. There are many restaurants, shops and...  more »

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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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