Labrang Town & Monatsery

Labrang town is well developed for tourism and offers both Muslim and Tibetan culture. Labrang Monastery is one of six great Gelukpa monasteries in Tibet and is among the few that survived the Cultural Revolution. A complex of temples and colleges built in the 18th century, recent renovations now accommodate about 1,000 monks—a small number compared to the past when there were 3,000 monks and hundreds of scholars. The monastery contains 18 halls, six institutes of learning, a gilded stupa and houses nearly 60,000 Buddhist texts. Labrang is 3-4 hours away is the town of Lanzhou, the hub of the Amdo region.