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Dukezong Old Town is also known as the Shangri-La Old Town; it is the best place in Shangri-La to taste the local cuisines, buy souvenirs, or a night stroll. Every day when the night falls, there is a bonfire party where the locals singing and dancing.
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Unique Experience

  • Join the bonfire party with the locals.

Basic Information

  • Opening Hours: 24 hours
  • Visiting Time: 2-3 hours
  • Chinese Name: 独克宗古城
  • Address: East Gate, Dukezong Ancient Town, Shangri-La, Yunnan Province

Overview – Dukezong Old Town

Dukezong Old Town or Dorkhar is a Tibetan town in Shangri-la County. The town is over thirteen hundred years old. The ancient city’s architectural layout resembles an eight-petal lotus, with Moonlight Plaza in the center, surrounded by quaint Tibetan wooden houses one after another.

It is the best-preserved and largest Tibetan settlement in China and the Ancient Tea Horse Road hub. It used to be a window for ethnic, cultural exchanges between the snow-covered Tibetan township and the Yunnan region and the economic and trade link between Sichuan, Tibet, and Yunnan.

Source: Wikipedia


The Guishan Park was built during the Kangxi period. The park is built on the hillside. The top of the hill is the Chaoyang Tower. It is three stories high and climbs to the top of the building. At the foot of the mountain is an ancient well for the whole town to drink. It is clear and sweet. In the early morning, girls with their backs stood in groups many years ago and became a beautiful scenery in the ancient city. The Guishan Temple and the prayer wheel in the park are the most characteristic buildings in the park.

The Moonlight Plaza is located at the foot of Guishan Park in the Dukezong Old Town. At night, it instantly turns into a fun and leisure resort for local Tibetan people. Tibetans and tourists from all ethnic groups circle together and dance passionate Tibetan dances. On both sides of the square are the Diqing Red Army Long March Museum and the Diqing Museum.

Besides, there is also the largest prayer wheel in the world in the Dukezong Old Town. The golden figure pierces the blue sky, like a giant standing in the sky. It is said that reciting the six-character mantra three times around the sutra drum will bring happiness and well-being. In addition to the cultural landscape left by history, there are horses, yaks, and Tibetan mastiffs for tourists to take pictures.

Source: Your China Specialists