Shangri-La Old Town

Dukezong Ancient Town is located on the southeast corner of Shangri-La City with a history of more than 1,300 years. Built at the foot of Turtle Hill, “Dukezong” is a Tibetan pronunciation, meaning “Moonlight City” and “castle built on stone”.

As both a key stop on the Ancient Tea and Horse Road and an intersection point of Han-Tibetan culture, Dukezong is the largest and best-preserved Tibetan community with 1,084 houses.

Although more than 100 houses were burned in 2014, the old town was completely rebuilt, and simply walking around Dukezong’s winding, maze-like lanes is a great way to enjoy the enchanting historical charm of the town. Near it, we also recommend that you visit the Tibetan temple and its huge prayer wheel (the largest in the world).

Other Shangri-La’s Attractions

Trips and Tours Ideas in Shangri-La


Wonders of Yunnan

16 days | Best seller 
A travel plan for travelers who want to explore the most attractive landscapes of Yunnan in one trip.

Festival of Minorites Yunnan

Deep Exploration of Yunnan

17 days | Meili Snow Mountain  
A journey from Kunming to Shangri-La via Lijiang with small detours in intimate Yunnan. Magical natural sites and meeting of minorities on the borders of Tibet.

Lama Shangri-La 1

Baima Nature Reserve and holy mountain Khawa Karpo

4 days | Shangri-La, Deqin, and Benzilan
Mount Kawa Karpo rises to 6740 m. Three wide rivers flow through Mount Kawa Karpo, the Yangtze, the Mekong, and the Salween.