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Reviewed December 25, 2012

Labrang Monastery is a place of worship which just happens to get much of its revenue from tourists. You will not be embraced by the welcome there but neither will you be shunned. The intricate warrens are to be explored but I found that the main value, in light of recent nearby self-immolations, is the devout nature of the Tibetans, many of whom have travelled a great distance to be there. You will see Tibetan Buddhism being practiced without the cheap come-ones from the commercial hawkers of dreck. If you want that, it is available in Xiahe. No, Labrang Monastery offers a glimpse of a long ago Tibet and as 'real' Tibet, (the TAR) is often unaccessible, this is as good as it gets. Take your time; watch people pass and have your camera ready as the many faces are right out of National Geographic.

Date of experience: October 2012
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Reviewed October 29, 2012

It is really authentic and worth going that far, full of mystery and really beautiful. You see all the monks during their activities and prayers and they are quite open to tourists. All the town lives around the monastery activities. There is a shop with beautiful tibetan arts & crafts and good prices, you cant find old things too.

Date of experience: October 2012
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Reviewed August 24, 2012

Labrang monastery is what you really NEED to see when you're not fortunate enough to visit the real Tibet. In a way, this is even more real than the real thing, as the Chinese presence in Xiahe is minimal and the monks here are genuine. Walking the beautiful Kora will earn you a karma point or two.

Date of experience: October 2011
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Reviewed May 26, 2012

The English tour with a young monk for $40 RMB is worth it since one cannot enter the inner chambers of any of the temples without the tour. Otherwise, it is possible to wander the monastery at will and run the Kora( the outer ring of prayer wheels) as many times as possible along with other pilgrims from around the world. This is the real thing, friends, and one of the closest sensations to being in Tibet itself without entering Tibet.

Do not miss it if in Gansu Province!

Date of experience: May 2012
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Reviewed May 6, 2012

What made the trip to this place was the Monk guide we had. There are only 2 English speaking monks in this place, so you have a 50% chance of getting him. He was a young, at approximately 20 to 25 years old. His personality was vibrant and was very happy. He explained everything very well and was grateful for having visitors.

The monastery is big, and interesting. Different to other monasteries as it is functioning and has over 1000 monks living here.

Date of experience: May 2012
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