Ancient Town of Dukezong

Ancient Town of Dukezong Shangri-la Yunnan
Not far from Shangri -La, the ancient town of Dukezong is a former commercial crossroad for the ancient Tea Horse Road. The ancient town of Dukezong on the border of Yunnan is typical of Tibetan architecture. Everything in this village recalls the simplicity of life.

Commercial Crossroad

The ancient town of Dukezong is located on the ancient Tea Horse Road. With a history of over 1,300 years, this town had its glorious past as an important crossroad for trading. This road connected the southern Chinese territory to the Tibetan plateau, in addition to neighboring countries such as Burma and India. It took more than a year to make the round trip from the province of Yunnan by caravan. They were conducting stops in major cities and, at the time, one of those important places on the way was Dukezong.

A Lost Tibetan Town

This ancient town is located on the border between Yunnan and Tibet. Lost on a plateau 3,000 meters above sea level, Dukezong is quite typical of Tibetan architecture. Travelers who venture far generally fall in love with this ancient town where life is much simpler. Some even fled the modern world to settle here and, thus, return to a source of simplicity. Just 1.6 km ², this small town is divided by a hundred cobbled streets that separate the old buildings of Dukezong. This area houses the largest number of Tibetan homes in China however. There are also shops, restaurants, and hotels open toward the entrance of the province; yet, the town is still very typical. The people live mainly from agriculture and livestock. Artisans in their small workshop still work without using modern methods.

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