The Labrang Monastery 1 kilometer west of Xiahe Town stands in the fertile valley between the Dragon
Mountain and the Phoenix Mountain. It along with the Drepung Monastery, Gandain Monastery, Palkor
Monastery in Tibet and the Kumbum Monastery in Qinghai is regarded as the six major Buddhism monasteries of
Gelug Sect(Yellow Sect) of the Tibet Buddhism. Labrang is Tibet language which means a place housing Buddhism
The monastery was first built in 1710 by a monk from the nearby village of Ganjia named E'angzongzhe,
who was to become the first of the monastery's Living Buddha. It was reconstructed and renovated in the next
hundreds of years with its basic style and layout remained without many changes. Now the monastery is the
Tibet Buddhism center of the Gansu, Qinghai and Sichuan regions.
The monastery has 18 grand halls, six prestigious Buddhist institutes (the Institute of
Esoteric Buddhism, the Higher & Lower Institute of Theology, the Institute of Medicine,
the Institute of Astrology and the Institute of Law) and over 10,000 monk chambers.
In addition the monastery holds over 60,000 Tibetan sutras and thousands of rare Buddhist
relics and a large collection of Buddhism scriptures.
Sangke Prairie is located 1 kilometer southwest of Xiahe Town. It is a fertile alpine
grassland surrounded by mountains on four sides. Sangke Prairie is famous for its verdant grass and
beautiful scenery with blue sky, fluffy clouds, vast lush grassland dotted with herds of sheep
The Prairie presents its stunning beauty in summer. Grass turn green, variety of flowers are in
full boom, vying with each other in beauty. The weather condition is very comfortable with clear
sky and crisp air.
If you are enamored of the prairieís tranquil environment and it natural beauty, and reluctant
to leave, you can stay at the yurt hotels. Horse-rental service is available at the site and visitor
can pay a small fee to buy hoursí of galloping around the vast land like the locals.
Sangke Prairie is a secluded hideout, another world away from the hustling and bustling city.
Itís a place for people to get close to the nature.People in the grassland still live a traditional
lifestyle and until recently and the prairie begun opening up to tourism.