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).