Guishan Monastery in Shangrila, Diqing
Built in the very center of the Old Town, Guishan Temple with the largest prayer wheel, over 80 feet high lights up the night sky like a dazzling jewel. It offers a wonderful vantage point for looking over the Shangrila city.
Attraction Type: Temple
Chinese Name: 龟山寺(Pinyin: Guishansi)
Best Time to Visit: All-year-round
Recommended Visiting Time: One Hour
Open Hours: 8:30-21:00
Admission Fee: Free
Location: Guishan Park, Dukezong Ancient Town, Shangrila City, Yunnan Province
About Guishan Park
Standing on the Guishan park, you can look up to see the majestic and continuous snow mountain, and down to have a panoramic view of Shangri-la city. The park consists of the Giant Prayer Wheel, Dafo Temple(Guishan Temple), Red Army Long March Museum, Diqing History Museum, etc.
About Guishan Temple
The Guishan Temple of Tibetan Buddhism is located on the Guishan Park near the ancient city of Dukezong in Shangri-la. It was built during the reign of emperor Kangxi of the Qing dynasty. Many prayer flags around the Dafo temple are printed with scriptures and Buddha images. To those who believe in Tibetan Buddhism, the fluttering of the prayer flags in the wind is a chanting, which constantly conveys people’s wishes to the god and asks for the protection of the god. In this way, prayer flags serve as a link between god and man. The prayer flag is where the god is, and where the prayer is, which reposes the people’s good wish. The right side of the Dafo temple is the world’s largest prayer wheel and it’s a must-see attraction of Shangrila tour. It offers a wonderful vantage point for looking over the Shangrila city.