- Off the beaten track
If there's one thing that attracts pilgrims and visitors to Xiahe, it's the Labrang Monastery, one of six monasterys of the Gelug School of Tibetan Buddhism. Apart from being the most important monastery outside of Tibet, it also forms a huge village, comprising of temples, colleges and houses.
Xiahe itself is imbibed with folklore and surrounded by incredible scenery - well worth a detour. From Spring to Summer, the town hums to the rythym of colorful folklore festivals.