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Labrang Monastery (Labuleng Si)

Lapuleng Town, Xiahe County 747100, China
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Wonderful, a must see

This is a great Tibetan experience. It is more than worth the long travel to get there. To visit a... read more

Reviewed 7 December 2017
Voorburg, The Netherlands
Huge Buddhist Monastery complex at 10,000 feet

You probably need the best part of a day to do this justice! The complex is enormous with a... read more

Reviewed 16 November 2017
Berkshire, England
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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.
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  • Very good34%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
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Lapuleng Town, Xiahe County 747100, China
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Reviewed 7 December 2017

This is a great Tibetan experience. It is more than worth the long travel to get there. To visit a number of buildings you have to take a tour. There are two English speaking tour leaders one good and one not. Which one you will...More

Thank Haelen
Reviewed 16 November 2017

You probably need the best part of a day to do this justice! The complex is enormous with a wonderful variety of architecture, including some classic Buddhist temples. Try to find the one containing butter sculptures if you can, i thought they were beautiful. Our...More

Thank Queenscout
Reviewed 29 October 2017

The only reason to come to this town is to visit the Monastery, which is pretty interesting, but not that special.

Thank BostonSkier
Reviewed 24 October 2017

It's a bit tricky to get to Xiahe, with only a bus service connecting either Lanzhou or Xining about 4-5 hours away. Yet it's well worth coming to see the monastery on the edge of Tibet. The monastery is free to visit, but you probably...More

1  Thank Jarko2015
Reviewed 9 October 2017

Labrang Monastery is on the edge of Xiahe and is huge. A walk around it is 3.5 km. Many pilgrims do the walk with a few prostrating themselves the whole way - up and down. We were given a tour by a red robed monk....More

Thank Archaeobuff
Reviewed 4 October 2017

This monastery is the third most important. It is hundreds of years old and it houses around 1800 monks who are training for 13 years in Tibetan medicine using plants and natural remedies. The daily routine involves prayer and medical instruction. The monastery houses many...More

Thank 255060Lkp
Reviewed 29 September 2017

Labrtng gives an insight into Tibetan life and is one of the great Tibetan Monasteries. Spreading across a large site, one can spend hours walking the small ally ways between monks residences to visit some of the smaller temples, whilst a guided tours takes you...More

Thank Nick C
Reviewed 17 September 2017

culturally closer you cannot get to Tibet ... for sure worth a visit ... you can stay in the nearby nirvana hotel

Thank Frank_Belgium_1010
Reviewed 19 August 2017

Reading about this monastery we started living that experience, mixed of a special kind of chinese people, spiritual environment, mountain altitude. The monastery looks like a town, with many holy buildings -some of them visitable -and several private houses. It is suggested to join the...More

Thank Paolo P
Reviewed 5 August 2017 via mobile

This is one of the most important monasteries in Buddhism. It is really large with around monks living there. To visit you must buy a ticket. You can walk around the grounds and see the cat monastery, which is like a small town. To see...More

1  Thank Ruth C
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4 January 2018|
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Response from Jarko2015 | Reviewed this property |
It's very easy, as long as you don't mind long bus rides! The bus really is the only way to get there. Go to the bus terminal, where you can buy tickets (cash only) any time up to departure for the bus to Xiahe. If you have... More
17 July 2017|
Response from Jim B | Reviewed this property |
Don't know. We only visited the monastery mid-afternoon.
5 November 2016|
Response from Assaf_13 | Reviewed this property |
Should be quite crowded. For the monastery it should be OK, but it's better to book accommodation in advance