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Ganden Sumtseling (Songzanlin) Monastery - Xianggelila / Shangri-La / Zhongdian, Yunnan

(松赞林寺)

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Xianggelila / Shangri-La / Zhongdian, Yunnan
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February 26, 2006

First settled in 1681 by the Fifth Dalai Lama, this breathtaking monastery complex -- the biggest in Yunnan -- is definitely a must-see for visitors to Xianggelila. It's located 4 kilometers north of town, and can be reached via a 15 minute ride on the #3 public bus (1 yuan).

Admission: Y10

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If you only see one thing while you're in town, this should be it

If you only see one thing while you're in town, this should be it. You can spend just 10 minutes going through the main hall, or you can literally spend hours wandering around the many monks' houses scattered over the hill. Find a monk that is interested in talking with you -- it's often quite a pleasant experience.

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