Langmu Temple
Langmu Temple
4.5
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
What people are saying
Beautiful complex with stunning mountain backdrop
5.0 of 5 bubblesOct 2019
Langmu temple aka little Lhasa, offers the closest cultural experience to Lhasa Tibet without having to actually visit Tibet itself.. it is popular because it is a meagre 200km or so drive from Lanzhou and offers a well preserved Tibetan cultural experience. It is perched high up overlooking a valley. It really is stunning. We hired a car and driver in from Lanzhou. With several stops along the way the journey was rather long (totalled 6hrs incl a 1hr lunch stop and multiple stops for photos, YMMV) although the roads were great and there was plenty to see along the way. We chose to visit during a public holiday period (Chinese national holidays) and so the complex was very crowded. We stayed the night in the local township before visiting the following morning. There was a massive crowd and queue at the entry gate but we decided to drive into the complex as we were all feeling rather fatigued due to the effects of the high altitude (approx 3580m above sea level). This turned out to be a good decision as we were able to bypass the queue and crowds as there were helpers (monastery guides) at the gate that ran in and bought tickets on our behalf without us even leaving the vehicle. The monastery itself was very interesting. If you don’t understand mandarin you will do well to have a translator, although the monastery guides speak with a thick and heavy Tibetan accent and can be hard to understand anyway. The entire complex is massive, unless you are quite fit I would suggest as we did- take the car in and park it within the complex. It will save you so much walking ! We also opted to take a tour of the “heavenly burial site” beyond the Langmu temple complex (again we took the car, but you could walk - it is approx 1 hour uphill). We had a monastery guide accompany us and provide background information along the way. It was fascinating to hear! For example, we were told that you can see live burial at between 6:30-8:30am (eek! No thanks) or just visit burial site at other times (as we did). We were told that during the burial the decease’ body is chopped into small pieces and fed to eagles?, the eagles are believed to be a sacred animal and this sacrifice believed to be a privilege to the deceased as it offers a chance to reach heaven.

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Nalee V
Sydney, Australia40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Family
Langmu temple aka little Lhasa, offers the closest cultural experience to Lhasa Tibet without having to actually visit Tibet itself.. it is popular because it is a meagre 200km or so drive from Lanzhou and offers a well preserved Tibetan cultural experience. It is perched high up overlooking a valley. It really is stunning.
We hired a car and driver in from Lanzhou. With several stops along the way the journey was rather long (totalled 6hrs incl a 1hr lunch stop and multiple stops for photos, YMMV) although the roads were great and there was plenty to see along the way. We chose to visit during a public holiday period (Chinese national holidays) and so the complex was very crowded. We stayed the night in the local township before visiting the following morning. There was a massive crowd and queue at the entry gate but we decided to drive into the complex as we were all feeling rather fatigued due to the effects of the high altitude (approx 3580m above sea level). This turned out to be a good decision as we were able to bypass the queue and crowds as there were helpers (monastery guides) at the gate that ran in and bought tickets on our behalf without us even leaving the vehicle.
The monastery itself was very interesting. If you don’t understand mandarin you will do well to have a translator, although the monastery guides speak with a thick and heavy Tibetan accent and can be hard to understand anyway.
The entire complex is massive, unless you are quite fit I would suggest as we did- take the car in and park it within the complex. It will save you so much walking !
We also opted to take a tour of the “heavenly burial site” beyond the Langmu temple complex (again we took the car, but you could walk - it is approx 1 hour uphill). We had a monastery guide accompany us and provide background information along the way. It was fascinating to hear!
For example, we were told that you can see live burial at between 6:30-8:30am (eek! No thanks) or just visit burial site at other times (as we did). We were told that during the burial the decease’ body is chopped into small pieces and fed to eagles?, the eagles are believed to be a sacred animal and this sacrifice believed to be a privilege to the deceased as it offers a chance to reach heaven.
Written 4 October 2019
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namei18
Seattle, WA85 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Solo
I visited in the morning, it was cloudy, but still a fair number of people. 30 RMB fee, same price as the Sichuan Monastery on the other side of the river. The buildings are in good shape, obviously remodeled, but very well done. Many building you must remove your shoes to enter. Was lucky to see some young monks performing a ceremonial dance in an outdoor courtyard. Lots of Chinese tourists, but some worshipers as well.
Written 15 September 2016
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Allyson M
23 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Solo
This temple has clearly been renovated. However, it still feels really authentic & don't have to pay for every door you go through. I was lucky enough while here to stumble among young & a group of older monks chanting at different points in the evening. They were also preparing a sand art mandala for the days following and invited me in have a look around.
There were many opportunities to see the monks participating in daily life, going to dinner, chanting, etc. and much friendlier than some other Temples I'd visited. Overall was a really good experience.
Written 2 August 2016
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Kathleenlim
Singapore, Singapore1,770 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Couples
Not sure why it is labelled as a temple when it is a Tibetan monastery, a complex of buildings housing aspects of Tibetan religious beliefs! Located in the town of Langmusi where half of it belongs to Sichuan Province and the other to Gansu Province, Langmu Monastery is a very busy attraction for locals and tourists! It is run by the monastery itself and they collect admission fees to fund their maintenance and restoration efforts within. There are several interest spots/areas to visit and we are guided by monks well trained as tour guides. The groups they handled were pretty large so we decided to explore on our own using our driver as a guide instead! A truly beautiful and impressive monastery of unique Tibetan architecture, customs, practices, monks and local devotees including foreign tourists! We also met some cyclists during our visit. Don't miss this if in Gansu. Do a detour when enroute from Diebu to Xiahe!
Written 8 August 2015
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Asha Go
Shanghai, China80 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Solo
Beautiful temple. I was lucky enough to stumble across two wild deer living in the temple! It was a great photo op!
Written 30 July 2015
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Sabine G
Sursee, Switzerland16 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2014 • Couples
We were there between 11 and 12 and everything was closed. The monks were very unfriendly and seemed to be more intrested in their iphone than anything else. Not worth the 30 RMB!!!
Written 22 September 2014
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lonelyplanet1234
Beijing, China5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2013 • Solo
Langmusi is not just a temple, the town itself is called Langmusi (which means Langmu Temple).
It is a very small town, and yet half of it is in Gansu Province, and half in Sichuan Province. Half of the people here are Tibetans, and half are Muslims. You can see both Buddhist monastaries and Muslim mosques in the little town. The scenary here is absolutely fantastic, red mountain, beautiful valley, blue sky, forests, flowers, temples...And there are tons of activities to do here, you can hike in the valley, go see the local horse racing, ride a horse to experience the local nomadic life, go to the nearby Flower Lake, enjoy the numerous local festivities (especially during the Spring Festival and the summer months), visit the splendid temples, or simply sit on the grass and enjoy the fantastic view around you. Plenty of lodging and restaurants. Most restaurants are Muslim ones, with great beef and mutton dishes.
Written 29 August 2013
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Dennis M
81 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2013 • Couples
I assume this is the monastry on the Gansu side of town which is the one with the golden roofs. It is a great place to visit and the main hall is absolutely beautiful.
Written 28 July 2013
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Alexander E
Rotterdam, The Netherlands6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2013 • Couples
This is much smaller than its big brother is Xiahe, but is worth the visit. In the morning several temples were open, and saw monks praying. Expect also many places to be closed, specially is the afternoon. However, the decorations outside are also very nice. Some are a bit of a climb, but the views are worth it.
Becarefull with wild dogs in the area. It is smart to bring a stick, just in case. In the morning I noticed one in the higher part of the monestry.
Written 5 July 2013
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slayer4ya
Qingdao, China112 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2012 • Friends
This was another temple on my list. It cost approx. 30 RMB to enter but was worth in in the end. Many things to see and if your lucky you can hear the monks praying together.
Written 1 February 2013
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