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Dukezong Ancient Town
Shangri-La Top 6 in Can't Miss Attractions

970 Reviews
Ancient Settlement
Liked by 28
Open Open from 01/01-12/31
Recommended Sightseeing Time: 2-3 hours
Address: Unity Road, Shangri-La County, Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture
Phone: 0887-8223310

What people are saying:

Try to book your hotel inside the old town. This is the best part of the city proper. It’s better to come outside the peak tourist season. We went in late November and it was great. The nights got a bit cold but there was lots of sunshine during the day and far fewer people. Wandering the temple complex on the hill takes about an hour.

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  • Traveller_Oldie
    East London, South Africa

    The dancing squares

    The most interesting event is the local people dancing in the squares at 7pm. Everyone joins and often you can see groups of local ethnic groups dancing. The shopping offers the same basic things so n...

    Reviewed on /Date(1596851145000+0800)/
  • Frau M
    Frau M

    you need to plan well ahead of time to make it worthwhile

    everybody keeps praising shangri la as something being on their bucket list and a place definetely worth travelling to, but i really do not understand what the fuss is about. the old town is nice bu...

    Reviewed on /Date(1596408489000+0800)/
  • wanderingfatguy

    Better before.

    I came here 9 years ago before the fire and it was awesome. Now... not so much. It’s still good for a walk and some light shopping but don’t expect much.

    Reviewed on /Date(1594772098000+0800)/
  • mattodowd

    Very rustic and quaint old town

    This was practically deserted when we visited in January, but it is very quaint and rustic with a good selection of local restaurants. Name in Chinese: 独克宗古城

    Reviewed on /Date(1585514073000+0800)/
  • goncalves
    Singapore, Yunlin & Taipei

    Quaint but quiet

    Very Tibetan styled ancient town but unfortunately most shops were closed due to upcoming Lunar New Year holiday. There are no crowds too. Overall the one in Lijiang is much better

    Reviewed on /Date(1579643358000+0800)/

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Dukezong Ancient Town is Located on the southeast corner of Shangri-La County in Yunnan province, Dukezong Ancient Town is an ancient Tibetan town with a history of more than 1,300 years. Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture and was built for the Tubo Kingdom of the Tang Dynasty. "Dukezong" is a Tibetan pronunciation, meaning "Moonlight City" and "castle built on stone”. Dukezong Ancient Town is built on the mountain foot and the road surface was paved with slate from the ceaseless up-and-down undulations of paved roads, you can still find the faint imprints of horseshoes , which is the token left by the long-time horses and precious token from the ancient caravans since the town is the last stop of Old Tea - Horse Road.
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