Dukezong | 独克宗

Dukezong ancient town is with history of 1300 years; it was the important traffic hub of the ancient Tea-Horse Trading Route; It is now the best preserved, and the largest Tibetan residential area

Dukezong was to be built in accordance with the ideal country of “Shambhala” that is described in Buddhist scriptures. The whole town follow the shape of the hill that this town is located. Its name literally means “castle built on stone” or “Moon city”

Back in Tang Dynasty, approxiamtely 2200 years ago; The whole northwest Yunnan province (Currently Sahngri La county and west part of Lijiang)was part of Tibet, geography it is thought to be southeast edge of the east Tibet of Kham, which was one of the three provinces of ancient Tibet; Tang dynasty 676 – 679 yr, The Tibet Tubo kingdom set Shen Chuan Captaincy House to manage the hard – reach place; and given name of “Dukezong” which was well known in history as “The east city of Iron Bridge”

In the Ming Dynasty, this town was occupied by the Chief of Lijiang county whom was called “Mu”. He rebuilt and enlarge the whole town along the “Da Gui Shan | 大龟山 (“means: the big turtle hill”) and then built another stronghold at Nai-zi River, in name Nywang, means the Moon City; the two villages are look each other and forming up the whole Dukezong area.

Gradually, It formed up and became the important traffic hub for connecting Yunnan province, Tibet and Sichuan Province; on the 27th Year (1688) of Kang Xi empire of Qing Dynasty; the 5th Dalai lama requested to establish market along Jinsha River region, which was approved by Qing Dynasty government, from that time on, Dukezong became official market for agriculture and mine products;

In 2014, Dukezong caught a fire tragically, after nearly 2 years rebuilding, it has been reopen for visitors since 2016




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Entrance fee

Ticket: Free of charge

Opening Hours

Full day

How to get there

It is at the Southeast side of Shangri La town, it is within walking distance from Shangri La to this Town, or by local Taxi that costs within RMB 10.00

Tours Include Dukezong

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