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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…
Top Choice Tibetan in Xiàhé

Nirvana Restaurant & Bar

This lovely, bright restaurant serves Tibetan and Western dishes, such as the popular yak stew with potatoes (¥20), pizza and fresh espresso. The welcoming, casual vibe makes leaving Nirvana difficult, as does the l…
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…
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Norden Cafe

Traveller-friendly cafe with warm pine-wood interior serving homemade cakes, soups and burgers, plus excellent tea and coffee. Lovely big window seats overlook Labrang Monastery's ticket office.
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…
Tibetan in Xiàhé

Snowy Mountain Cafe

This chilled-out spot caters to travellers with a menu of Tibetan, Chinese and Western staples, as well as a full-service bar. Try the Tibetan-style noodles (¥20) or yak steak (¥70). There's also a nice Western brea…
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…
Tibetan in Xiàhé

Tara Restaurant

This restaurant on the ground floor of Tara Guesthouse serves some of the best mómo (Tibetan dumplings; ¥15) in town and is popular with monks for the many vegetarian options.
Buddhist Site in Xiàhé

Ngakpa Gompa

Visit this small Nyingmapa (Red Hat) school monastery to catch a glimpse of lay monks who wear striking red and white robes and have long, braided hair. No entry to actual school.