Jyekundo Dondrubling Monastery

Top choice monastery

in Yushu

First built in 1398, the Jyekundo Dondrubling Monastery suffered heavy damage from the 2010 earthquake (the main prayer hall was completely destroyed and a number of resident monks were killed). The monastery has since been rebuilt and it’s dramatically located on a ridge perched above town. It's a very active place: you may see young monks playing football. Hike up north into the hills above the temple to follow the clockwise kora through a huge encampment of prayer flags.

It takes about 25 minutes to walk the 1.5km uphill road (follow Jiegusi Lu on and up from Qionglong Lu), or a taxi costs ¥20. When walking up the hill, stick to the road as the pathway is home to some aggressive wild dogs.