Gandan Sumtseling Monastery near Shangra-La, China

Gandan Sumtseling Monastery near Shangra-La, China

Since its re-branding as Shangri-La, the town of Zhongdian in Yunnan Province of China has undergone a building boom, overwhelming the original Chinese town with modern hotels, temples and monasteries. Tourism has followed, buoyed by Diquing Airport's connections to the major cities in south-west China.

Founded in 1697, Gandan Sumtseling Monastery was re-built following the Cultural Revolution, more recently using the proceeds from tourism to sustain its development.



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Wed 30 Apr The Last British Evacuation of Kabul (Winter 1928-1929) at The Royal Astronomical Society
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Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Castle A rich collection of items from across Asia, the Middle East and other areas more…

Contemporary South Asian Youth Cultures and Fashion Symposium 25 and 26 September 2014 more…

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