Gesar Square


Alongside one of the tributary rivers of the Chang Jiang, Yushu’s central square is dominated by a colossal statue of King Gesar of Ling, the revered Tibetan warrior-god whose epic deeds are remembered in the world’s longest epic poem of the same name. Most of the big-name hotels and crowd-pleasing restaurants and bars are nearby.

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Nearby Qinghai attractions

1. Yushu Museum

0.17 MILES

This huge and excellent museum is a must-see to put some of the region's history and culture into perspective, including informative and well-presented…

2. Jyekundo Dondrubling Monastery

0.59 MILES

First built in 1398, the Jyekundo Dondrubling Monastery suffered heavy damage from the 2010 earthquake (the main prayer hall was completely destroyed and…

3. Yushu Earthquake Memorial

1.48 MILES

Standing at the entrance to town is the only surviving building from the 2010 earthquake. As it was low season, no guests were staying at the Gesar Hotel …

4. Yushu Earthquake Relief Memorial Hall

1.49 MILES

Located behind the Yushu Earthquake Memorial, this poignant museum is dedicated to the relief operation that ensued after the 2010 earthquake that killed…

5. Seng-ze Gyanak Mani Wall

3.06 MILES

Completely rebuilt after suffering extensive damage in the 2010 earthquake, this site is thought to be the world’s largest mani wall (piles of stones with…

6. Princess Wencheng Temple

8.28 MILES

Dedicated to the Tang dynasty Chinese Princess Wencheng, who was instrumental in converting her husband and Tibetan king, Songtsen Gampo, to Buddhism in…

7. Sebda Gompa

14.49 MILES

The main assembly hall at this monastery is impressive, but most surprising is the temple featuring a huge 18m statue of Guru Rinpoche, with smaller…

8. Drogon Gompa

21.5 MILES

This Sakyapa-school monastery is notable for its scary gönkhang (protector temple). Set atop a hill, it is adorned with snarling stuffed wolves and…