Attractions

Top Choice Buddhist Monastery in Dégé

Bakong Scripture Printing Press & Monastery

This fascinating 1792 monastery houses one of western Sìchuān’s star attractions: an ongoing printing operation that still uses traditional woodblock printing methods and maintains more than 320,000 scripture plates…
Top Choice Buddhist Monastery in Yàqīng

Yarchen Gar Buddhist Institute

On a quiet bend of the Dzin-Chu River in the remote grasslands of Garzi Prefecture, this 10,000-strong Nyingma (Red Hat) community of nuns and monks living in improvised housing under the shadows of magnificent gold…
Top Choice Village in Dānbā

Zhōnglù

Comparatively remote Zhōnglù, 13km from Dānbā, is a popular village for homestays and a good base for wandering through the countryside. Look for the old stone steps that climb above the village for fantastic views …
Buddhist Monastery in Sèdá

Larung Gar Five Sciences Buddhist Academy

Of all the Buddhist sights in western Sìchuān, there is none as striking as Larung Gar. The future of Tibetan Buddhism is contained here in this school, the largest of its kind in the world, cradled in a valley some…
Lake in Mǎnígāngē

Yilhun Lha-tso

It is said King Gesar's beloved concubine Zhumu was so taken by these stunning turquoise-blue waters that her heart fell in. This now-holy glacial lake, 8km southwest of Mǎnígāngē, is still awe inspiring. Follow a s…
Buddhist Monastery in Báiyù

Pelyul Gompa

A remote settlement in the mountains of the former Tibetan province of Kham, here you can get a semblance of the spectacle of monastic life through a visit to Báiyù Sì (Baiyul; 3150m), a small monastery village of s…
Buddhist Monastery in Tǎgōng

Ser Gyergo Nunnery

Known locally as ani gompa (‘nunnery’ in Tibetan), Hépíng Fǎhùi is home to around 500 nuns and more than 100 monks. Lama Tsemper was a revered local hermit who spent much of his life meditating in a cave about two h…
Buddhist Monastery in Tǎgōng

Lhagang Monastery

The story goes that when Princess Wencheng, the Chinese bride-to-be of Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo, was on her way to Lhasa in 640, a precious statue of Jowo Sakyamuni Buddha toppled off one of the carts in her ento…
Monastery in Northern Garzê Prefecture

Darjay Gompa

One of the largest and most venerated monasteries in the prefecture; the reasoning behind the name 'Big Golden Temple' becomes apparent as soon as it appears on the horizon. There are two large halls surrounded by a…
Buddhist Temple in Gānzī

Garzě Gompa

North of the town’s old Tibetan quarter is the region’s largest monastery, dating back more than 500 years and glimmering with gold. Encased on the walls of the main hall are hundreds of small golden Sakyamunis. In …