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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  • October 3, 2017
    I came to this monastery from Shangri-La for a day trip around the country side. From some valleys, we could see this monastery from distant. It was very beautiful and charming. When we arrived to the...  more »
  • October 3, 2017
    Beautiful monastery. Imposing and monumental. More than 700 monks inhabit the place. One of the largest in China. Worth the visit
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  • October 2, 2017
    This is a great historical monastery, mainly about Tibetan Buddhism. We got a tour of the temple, surrounding homes and rooms, and also got to sample some of their food.  more »

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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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