I've seen my share of beautiful buddhist temples throughout china, but tibetan temples are quite different and are well worth visiting. Songzanlin is one of the most beautiful I've visited.
The fact that the monastery sits in the middle of a poor village with its golden roof will make some uncomfortable but, historically, population had sometimes hundred of years to make the monastery what it is today, even if these populations were relatively poor. It is however true that things are changing in China, where you cannot take pictures inside the temples. (Very often when you travel to less touristic area you can visit tibetan temples, talk with the monks and they'll be very happy to have you take pictures inside their temples, photography is only forbidden in the touristic areas). Still do pay a visit to this monastery as it is well worth it.
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