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Labrang Monastery (Labuleng Si)

Lapuleng Town, Xiahe County 747100, China
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A privilege to visit this Tibetan monastery without having to go on the plateau

Labrang Monastery is on the edge of Xiahe and is huge. A walk around it is 3.5 km. Many pilgrims do... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Sydney, Australia
Cool Tibetan experience

This monastery is the third most important. It is hundreds of years old and it houses around 1800... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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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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  • Average5%
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

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Reviewed 20 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
Reviewed 31 July 2017

There are a lot of monks in this town and only a couple of them speak English. One of them was our guide and for 40rmb he showed us around the place. However, he had clearly not been to charm school and the small group...More

1  Thank Nanchang_Nel
Reviewed 25 July 2017 via mobile

There is only one monk who speaks English well enough to guide tours, at 10 and 3 every day, and he is a little grumpy about it. However he will answer every question you have and give some wonderful insights to life at Labrang. Do...More

Thank bean802
Reviewed 6 June 2017

We stayed in labrang and went in to the monastery or sacret walks every day. The complex and surrounding area is a bit of a building site as most of China is currently but the main temples are open to visit either as part of...More

Thank GarfieldDorset
Reviewed 5 June 2017

Labrang Monastery, located in the semi autonomous region of rural Gansu Province, is a spiritual Buddhist experience not to be missed. My wife and I visited Labrang as individual travelers. and enjoyed a semi-private tour hosted by two very friendly English speaking monks. The temples...More

Thank Jim B
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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
Joan H
29 September 2016|
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Response from KAsia_gierelo | Reviewed this property |
Hi Joan, when I was there, in Aug, they were mainly renovating the roads. All the buildings were available for tourists. The renovation work was absolutely not a problem. Actually it was part of the experience for me... to... More