Xiàhé is an excellent place to look for Tibetan handicrafts, from cowboy hats and Tibetan trilbies, to chuba (Tibetan cloaks), monk’s boots, strings of prayer flag or thangka (Tibetan sacred art) paintings. Stacks of handicraft shops line Zhaxiqi Jie east of the monastery, and some painting shops are found off the southern kora (pilgrim path) alongside the river.