September 1, 2009

Located about 280km outside of Lanzhou, the Sangke Prairie is famed for its gorgeous green pastures, beautiful sceneries and lush grasslands. In the summer, the green prairie explodes into a sea of color when the flowers come out. It offers visitors a respite from the hustle and bustle of city life. During the trip, travelers can experience the lifestyle of the Chinese nomads.

 

September 1, 2009

Labrang Monastery is one of the six great monasteries of the Geluk (Yellow Hat) school of Tibetan Buddhism, of which the Dalai Lama is a member. Labrang is located in Xiahe County in Gansu province, and also in the traditional Tibetan province of Amdo. Labrang Monastery is home to the largest number of monks outside of Tibet Autonomous Region.

Xiahe is located about 4 hours from the city of Lanzhou, the capital of Gansu.Labrang Monastery is located in the town of Xiahe, which belongs to the Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture. The town is reflection of the different minorities that can be found in China, such as Tibetans (about 70% of the population), Hui Chinese (20%) and Han Chinese (10%).
The monastery was founded in 1709, and it is Tibetan Buddhism’s most important monastery town outside the Tibetan Autonomous Region.

 


 The monastery contains 18 halls, six institutes of learning, a golden stupa, a sutra debate, and nearly 60,000 sutras. There once were more than 2000 monks in residence, but now only 500. It has a Buddhist museum with a large collection of Buddha statues, sutras and murals. In addition, a large amount of Tibetan language books, including history is available for purchase, together with medicines, calendars, music and art objects.The monastery today is an important place for Buddhist ceremonies and activities. From 4 to 17 January and 26 June to 15 July (these dates may change according to the lunar calendar), the great Buddhist ceremony will be held with Buddha-unfolding, sutra enchanting, praying, sutra debates, etc.

 

 

September 1, 2009

Xiahe is a county inGannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Gansu province. It is home to the famed Labrang Tibetan Buddhist monastery, one of the largest Tibetan Buddhist monasteries outside of the Tibet Autonomous Region. The town is populated largely by ethnic Tibetans, as well as some Hui and HanChinese. The area is highly rural and pastoral (including yak and other animal rearing). The geography is mountainous. In recent years it has become a tourist attraction. The town was named Xiahe in 1928.

Xiahe is found in the southern portion of Gansu province, along the western border with Qinghai province. It is on the northeast edge of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. The average elevation is 2900 – 3100m with the highest being 4636m and lowest 2160m.