Sumtsaling Monastery, Shangri-La County

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In the midst of a traditional Tibetan town, with prayer flags fluttering and rocks inscribed with sutras, Sumtsaling Monastery represents the biggest Buddhist monastery in its province. At the foot of Fopingshan Mountain, 3,380 m (11,090 ft) above sea level, the complex resembles an ancient castle, with a gilded roof and 108 columns characteristic of Han architecture. In the main hall, you can see frescos depicting various Buddhist legends and tales. Frescos and sculptures also adorn the cloisters of the inner halls. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Sumtsaling Monastery and many more Shangri-La County attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Shangri-La County driving holiday planner .
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  • Sunday morning we visited the famous Songzanling Lamasery temple, walking up the stairs slowly as we are still short breathed. The temple is impressive; many locals come here to pray.  more »
  • A nicely decorated but busy monastery. A lot of steps to climb. Visited the inner part of the buildings to enjoy the decorations and religous rites. Good for some understanding of tibetian culure.  more »
  • A huge Tibetan Buddhist monastic complex. Consists of numerous temples accessible by a steep staircase. Each temple has a characteristic, different one from another. There is a mystical atmosphere, despite a large attendance of faithful and tourists. Too bad you can't photograph inside the temples.
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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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