Attractions

Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Xiàhé

Labrang Monastery

With its succession of squeaking prayer wheels (3km in total), hawks circling overhead and the throb of Tibetan longhorns resonating from the surrounding hills, Labrang is a monastery town unto itself. Many of the c…
Cave in Southern Gānsù

Bǐnglíng Sì

With its relative inaccessibility, Bǐnglíng Sì is one of the few Buddhist grottoes in China to have survived the tumultuous 20th century unscathed. Which is a good thing, as during a period spanning 1600 years, scul…
Buddhist Monastery in Lángmùsì

Kerti Gompa

Rising up on the Sìchuān side of White Dragon River is this monastery – otherwise dubbed the Sìchuān Monastery – built in 1413, home to around 700 monks and composed of six temples and colleges. Try catching a glimp…
Buddhist Site in Xiàhé

Gòngtáng Pagoda

With an interior splashed with murals and illuminated by a combination of yak-butter candles and electric lamps, the golden 31m-tall Gòngtáng Pagoda is a perennial favourite with visitors. Follow the stairs up vario…
Area in Xiàhé

Gānjiā Grasslands

The Gānjiā Grasslands, 34km from Xiàhé, aren’t as pretty as those at nearby Sāngkē, but there is more to explore. From Xiàhé a bumpy road crosses the Naren-Ka pass (impassable after long rains) before quickly descen…
Buddhist Temple in Hézuò

Milarepa Palace Buddhist Temple

About 2km from the bus station along the main road towards Xiàhé is this towering temple, ringed by prayer wheels. Resembling a boutique hotel, Milarepa is odd in the Tibetan world in that different spiritual leader…
Buddhist Temple in Xiàhé

Barkhang

The three-storey Barkhang serves as the monastery’s traditional printing temple. With rows upon rows of more than 20,000 wood blocks for printing, it’s well worth a visit, and photos are allowed. The Barkhang is off…
Buddhist Site in Xiàhé

Hall of Hayagriva

A repository of vivid and bright murals, the hall encapsulates a startlingly fierce 12m-high effigy of Hayagriva – a wrathful manifestation of the usually calm Avalokiteshvara (Guanyin) – with six arms and three fac…
Buddhist Monastery in Lángmùsì

Serti Gompa

This small monastery (simply referred to as the Gānsù Monastery) with golden- and silver-roofed halls dates from 1748 and stands on the Gānsù side of White Dragon River. The views are lovely from the uppermost templ…
Buddhist Monastery in Southern Gānsù

Tseway Gompa

The renovated Tseway Gompa is one of the few Bön monasteries in Gānsù. Unlike most Buddhist temples, you should circumnavigate this holy site counterclockwise in the Bön fashion. There are great views of Bājiǎo from…