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Labrang Monastery (Labuleng Si)

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Address: Lapuleng Town, Xiahe County 747100, China
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Considered one of the six great monasteries of the Gelukpa (Yellow Hat)...

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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Magical place

Its a very special location, and seeing the monks coming toghether at 11:30, chanting and then eating is really magical. The free tour is nothing special. Make sure to walk around... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Jenny W
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Its a very special location, and seeing the monks coming toghether at 11:30, chanting and then eating is really magical. The free tour is nothing special. Make sure to walk around the complex and turn somw od those praying wheels!

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Thank Jenny W
Xi'an, China
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Reviewed 10 February 2017

This is my seventh time to visit the Labrang monastery in early October 2016. With the other six times to XiaHe county in the past years escorting tour groups for the visit. The road from Lanzhou to XiaHe is times better than before in conditions, it saves much time spent on the road. If departing from LanZhou in the morning... More 

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Truro, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 January 2017

There is a nice long circumambulation right around the perimeter walls, with good views down over where the path climbs slightly at the back. It is much quieter round the back of the monastery too, a great place to see locals in traditional dress. If you pay the very reasonable entry fee, you also get to climb out on the... More 

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Thank AmandaHuk
Lanzhou, China
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Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

Labrang is a great place if you want to experience Tibetan culture. I've been here three times and I still want to return. Sure things are changing and the place races into the 21st century, but it's still more genuine than it will be in 20 years from now. So just enjoy it as it is. Get lost on the... More 

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Thank Razvan A
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Reviewed 15 November 2016

The English tour is a bit lacking. The tour is rushed. The monk providing the tour provides information in a few terse sentences and does not take kindly to questions. He spent most of the tour I was on practicing his Hindi with an Indian couple. The tour was finished but none of us knew it as the monk just... More 

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Quebec City, Canada
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Reviewed 20 September 2016

Take the time to walk along the buildings, take the tour with the monk guide, despite it feeling rushed, and walk along the outer prayer wheels with the locals. Near the end there is a hill, climb it a bit and take in the view. Its a great place.

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 September 2016 via mobile

Our timing was unfortunate: the monastery is currently (mid-September 2016) a construction site, with every street either dug up or piled high with rubble. Half the prayer wheels have been removed for replacement, though this doesn't deter the pilgrims who orbit the complex, and the concrete skeletons of new monastery buildings are going up to the west (the neighbouring Tibetan... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 16 September 2016

This is a huge complex. You can enter the grounds for free, but most of the buildings require a ticket to enter. We didn't go in, just walked around. There is a lot to see. We followed pilgrims make a circuit of the monastery. On our last day we climbed the hill behind the monastery. Local custom says that you... More 

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Reviewed 13 September 2016

I agree with the earlier review that Xiahe is worth some time exploring. It takes only 3 1/2 hours to get there from Lanzhou by bus. The town is very compact and its main attraction, Labrang Monastery can be covered on foot within half a day. Do visit Sangke and Ganja Grasslands which are just short rides away. They are... More 

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Shanghai
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Reviewed 18 August 2016

Make sure to take a tour to understand more about life in the monastery. Our tour guide spoke English very well!

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