Xiahe Travel Guide

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    Labrang Monastery
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Xiahe Things to Do

  • Sangke Grasslands

    I did a tour with Nomad Travel, a tour company based in Xiahe, to go to the grasslands. it was absolutely amazing!! The grasslands were so wonderful, green grass, blue sky, and the mountains were dotted with sheep and yaks. We visited a nomad family in a tent, and it was so much fun. The people were really friendly and we were given yak milk tea...

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  • Labrang Monastery

    The Labrang Monastery is one of the 6 great monasteries of the Gelukpa (Yellow Hat) sect. In terms of size, Labrang is second only to the Potala Palace in Lhasa and it is so called from the Tibetan "Labrang" meaning the place where the Buddhist Palace stands. Labrang was built in 1709 and had relative peace until the 1920s when the Muslims and...

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  • Graslands

    A few minutes by bicycle and by foot from Xiahe away and you'll find yourselve in the middle of the graslands. On first glance you only see green gras until the horizon, but you look closer you see all this beautiful flowers in red, yellow and blue. And between them there are tiny little strawberries, which taste very sweet.

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  • Labrang Temple and Monastery

    This temple is one of the most important Tibetan temples. Inside its halls you find a lot of wonderful statues of Lord Buddha. The walls and columns are very colorful.The monastery complex dominates the northern village. The white walls and golden roofs feature a blend of Tibetan and Han architectural styles. The monastery contains 18 halls, six...

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  • Labrang Lamasery

    The Labrang Lamasery is located in Xiahe County of the Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Gansu Province. First built in 1709 by Living Buddha Awangzongzhe, Jiamuyang 1,it is one of the Largest Lamaseries of Tibetan Buddhism in China and national monuments selected for sepecial presenation. There are six institutes in the lamasery, that is, the...

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  • Labrang Monastery

    Well, this is probably the reason you came to Xiahe in the first place. The experience is somewhat odd, though, as you have a mix of monks, pilgrims and tourists. The latter can be really annoying, getting in the way of the pilgrims so they can have pictures taken of them standing by prayer wheels and other such selfishness. The monks generally...

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  • Pilgrims Walk

    Around the monastry of Labrang ist this 3 km pilgrim walk. You can walk with dozens of Tibetans along it and turn hundreds of colourfull praying wheels.The setting is great, but much better than that was getting in touch with the local people. I'll never forget these three elderly ladies, sitting next to me near the prayerwheels, offering me some...

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  • calling for the service

    Before the service in the monastery main assembly hall starts the monks are called to assemble by blowing on a horn. The horn is put on the roof of the assembly hall so the sound can carry further.

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  • the kora

    The kora is the 3 kilometer (2miles) long pilgrim route around the monastery. In the outside walls of the monastery complex you will find several hundred brightly colored prayerwheels. Turn all the wheels while walking clockwise around the monastery.

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  • golden stupa

    The golden stupa also belongs to the monastery to visit you need an extra ticket though. It is only a few yen, but the stupa is the best seen from the outside and from a distance.......

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  • the yakbutter sculptures

    The only thing we were allowed to take pictures of inside the monastery were the yakbutter sculptures.Butter sculpture is an ancient Tibetan Buddhist art. The sculptures are traditionally made with yak butter. They are traditionally made every Losar, the Tibetan New Year, and for the Butter Sculpture Festival. To make butter sculptures you need...

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  • Monks gathering

    Be at the assembly hall around 11:00 to see the monks arriving for the ceremony at 11:30. They all gather on the steps of the assembly hall with their yellow caps on. At 11:30 they remove their shoes and enter the hall for the ceremony.There are signs stating you are not allowed to take pictures. But some monks actually ask for a picture. On the...

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  • Labrang Monastery (Labuléng Sì )

    The Labrang Monastery is one of the six main monasteries of the Gelukpa (Yellow hat sect). It was founded in 1709 by the monk E'Ang Zonghe. The monastery contains 18 halls, 6 institutes of learning, a golden stupa, a sutra debate, and almost 60,000 sutras. Over 1,000 monks live here. You can visit the monastery on a tour, english guided tours are...

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  • XIAHE : LABRANG MONASTERY

    Tibetan monks and pilgrims can be seen walking clockwise around various temples or around the entire monastry ground of this Yellow Hat sect Monastery. Some devotees are prostrating, i.e. doing the three-steps-one-bow. There are prayer wheels at certain sections surrounding the monastery ground and one should walk CLOCK-WISE around the ground and...

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  • Wonderful ceremony

    When we walked back to the hotel in the late afternoon, we saw a some monks, all walking in the same direction and we heard horns and cimbals. In front of a door we saw a lot of monks gathering. They beckoned us and invited us to enter the courtyard.We saw 20 monks dancing, turning around, moving their arms high and low Their colorful clothes were...

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Xiahe Hotels

  • Overseas Tibetan Hotel

    No.77 Renmin West Street, Xiahe County, Gansu, China

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Families

Xiahe Restaurants

  • A real gem!

    Nirvana restaurant is by far the best and most beautiful restaurant in Xiahe. They serve Tibetan, Chinese and Western food, all of excellent quality. The owners are a local Tibetan man and his Dutch wife. Because of their hospitality, Nirvana is a good place to relax and have a meal or just a casual drink. They really take time for their customers,...

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  • Cheap Tibetan and Chinese food

    We visited Gesar Restaurant which is located just off the main street and overlooks a wall of Labrang Monastery. Like all restaurants in the area it is a simple affair with traditional Tibetan tables (low carved wooden) and colourful wallpaper. The menu was quite extensive and included traditional Tibetan food, Chinese food and limited western...

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  • Tibetan breakfast

    Picture is my Tibetan breakfast, two items cost around 15 yuan which is quite expensive for a breakfast in China, but its okay, I just want to try how the Tibetans' foods. From my observation, the Tibetans seemed lack of competitive skills to run a restaurant comparing with Han Chinese, they make a breakfast this simple, took nearly 20 minutes and...

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Xiahe Transportation

  • Train and drive

    To get to Xiahe from Xi-an you need to get an overnight train to Lanzhou and then drive for 7 hours. There doesn't seem to be any local transport to this area and you need permits to get there but there may be a local bus. The train from Xi-an is comfortable but not as nice as the one that runs from Beijing to Xi-an. There are different classes...

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  • Xiahe, local transport

    You can reach Xiahe by bus from Lanzhou and there must be a daily bus to Hezuo.Further there not many possibilities for local transport.In the Tibetan village we saw that the local people travelled by truck, in the back in the open air between the goods.

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Xiahe Local Customs

  • Tibetan part of town

    I wandered into the Tibetan part of town. It's quite different than the Chinese part. At one stage, I followed a giant hog through a small arched doorway. This led me to a courtyard surrounded by several domiciles. I haven't really seen anything quite like it.

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  • all life is precious

    The Buddhist believe all life is precious, therefor it is possible you see this piglet with two paralysed hind legs. The pilgrims feed it and he seems to be doing OK.

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  • Discussions

    The Tibetan Lamas have a very special way to discuss religious matters. One monk sits on the ground and another jumps at him, clapping his hands and shouting his argument.I was lucky to watch one of this discussions.

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Xiahe Warnings and Dangers

  • Chinese racists

    1. The colonising Chinese in Labrang nearly all treat the indigenous Tibetans as sub-human scum. They have many dirogatory phrases which are constantly used to disparage and insult Tibetans eg. dirty barbarian, unclean flea. Doesn't sound like much? Words like "kafir" as used in apertheid era South Africa don't sound too bad out of context. But...

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  • GANSU PROVINCE : BUS INSURANCE SCAM

    Gansu Province, where Xiahe is located, is the troublesome province that has a rule that all foreigners must purchase bus 'insurance' to travel on buses within the province.This came about because years ago, a tourist died in a road accident in Gansu and his family sued the bus company.So, while tourists are made to purchase the bus 'insurance' of...

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Xiahe Tourist Traps

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    by nepalgoods Updated Oct 18, 2005

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    Even though Labrang is a public temple, tourists have to pay an entrance fee. This concerns not only foreign tourists but also Chinese tourists. Pilgrims can visit the temple for free.

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Xiahe Off The Beaten Path

  • Eight-Sided City Wall

    I can't remember the proper name, but it's ba-something, so named because the wall around this little village has eight sides. You can climb to the top of the city wall and glimpse a fantastic panorama, or have lunch with a local family. The trip to and from Xiahe passes through the sweeping Sanke grasslands.

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  • XIAHE : GRASSLANDS

    It is worth it to take a Grassland tour to drive around the Sangke and Ganjia grasslands as the scenery of rolling hills and distant snowy mountains are excellent and there are some nomad-style Tibetan tents and villages on the grasslands where you might be able to stop and visit. However, bring along some food as there appeared to be no chance to...

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  • Mosque in pagoda-style and countryside

    In Lynxia are 27 mosques. Small boys learn the arabic language here. Not far from Lynxia we saw this wonderful mosque with a beautiful minaret in pagoda-style.We enjoyed the journey from Lanzhou to Labrang and vice versa of 240 KM through the countryside and small villages. We saw villages with drying garlic, villages with wood, further a lot of...

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  • muslim people in Xiahe

    It is also easy to recognise the muslim men. They all wear a kind of white hat. This men are Huí, a Chinese ethnic group. Most Hui are similar in culture and appearance to Han Chinese with the exception that they practice Islam, and have some distinctive cultural characteristics as a consequence.

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  • or very busy street

    On the other hand you could be very unlucky and see this, the street was overcrowded only two minutes later ......

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  • empty streets

    The main street of Xiahe is always busy. But if you take time to walk into the smaller side streets you might encounter empty streets.In this street you see a muslim tower at the end.

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