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“Labrang”

Labrang Monastery (Labuleng Si)
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Owner description: Considered one of the six great monasteries of the Gelukpa (Yellow Hat) Sect, this complex contains more than 2,000 monks in residence plus eighteen halls, six institutes of learning, a golden stupa and nearly 60,000 sutras.
Reviewed June 23, 2013

We spent a few days in Labrang last April (2103), with our family (2 kids, 4 and 6), coming from Xi'an and on our way to Dunuhang.

A great tibetan monastery, far more impressive than the one in Shangrila due do its size but also to the activity within the monastery, with a lot of monks (~1500) studying and praying - and barely no tourists (I think we were only 10-15 all-in-all). Explore the monastery with a monk, don't miss the library (with thousands of wooden sutra) that you can visit if you manage to find a monk willing to open it for you, and try to attend a ceremony in the great hall.

We stayed 3 days - one afternoon spent in the grasslands (but we did not go far enough - might probably be worth doing it with a guide) and it is sufficint to have a good glimpse of the monastery. We contacted Clary van Meijel (Nomad Travel) who helped us to organizewa our trip from HK, from a car pick-up in Xi'an, the booking of the night train to Jiayuguan and the transfer by private car to Dunuhang + local hotels : she managed to have it customized to our need with good advice, was very flexible and proved to be very reliable - I would definitely recommend going through her agency, especially when not speaking chinese make the local organization a bit more difficult.

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Reviewed June 21, 2013

The Labrang Monastery is impressive in size and doing the circuit is a must. But spring for the guided tour and it will add a new dimension to your understanding.

Thank dhannum
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Reviewed May 15, 2013

This is definitely worth the long drive from Lanzhou (as there is not much to do in Lanzhou). We arrived late afternoon which gave us enough time to visit the outside of the temple and the occasional opportunity to go inside when a monk would let us in. I gave us an opportunity to take great photos.
We went back the next day at 10am for the guided tour with a monk. We were happy we took most of our photos the next day as it was raining and snowing. Very few people on this tour. The monk's english was so-so but he is apparently the only one speaking english. It is a good thing that my girlfriend is Chinese as we could ask some clarification in mandarin then translate the information in english then in french as everybody on this visit spoke french except for my girlfriend.
The city is great to see also. Monks everywhere and Tibetans in traditional costumes. Understand that these people do not like to have their photos taken. We were asked several times by monks not to take photos. They are a bit paranoid that we are agents of the Chinese government.
Some good restaurant if you speak Chinese otherwise to are stuck to go to the uninteresting westenr restaurants. Small town.

Thank JPDeM
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Reviewed April 14, 2013

an impressing guided tour by a monk for 40 CYN was ok. His English was not so good, but we understood him . take the chance and visit it !

Thank globalcycling
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Reviewed April 7, 2013

the monastery and xiahe itself is the most facinating place we were ever been at. don't just visit, but stay for at least full two days to feel the atmosphere and the unique magic of this amazing town and people. it was an unforgettable experience! (and you must eat at tara guesthouse, just in the cornenr of the main junction of town, near the monastery - see my review there)

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