-Labrang Trashikil: (Chinese name Xiahe)
Local tibetans call this place simply "Labrang". It is the largest and best preserved monastery that you can visit in all Tibet - argubly more impressive than the three large Lhasa Monasteries, as they have been so badly destroyed.
This Important monastery Looks impressive, but if you compare it with the photo in "The Anye-Ma-Chhen Range and Adjacent Regions" by J F Rock (1956) you will see that it is only half the size it was in in 1950. Today number of monks is strictly limited due to political consciderations, but impressive non the less.
Read an account of the destruction and looting of the monastery in "Tibet behind the Ice Curtain" by Vanya Kewley. pp 314-319