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“Tibetan Buddhist Temple near Xining”
Review of Ta'er Monastery

Ta'er Monastery
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Reviewed 6 August 2017

This is one of the 'must see' places near Xining. One can see some remaining traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. From the parking area, you have to take escalators to reach the commercial area. From there, you need to take a shuttle bus to the temple. Although one can choose to walk, there is practically nothing to see on the way, and it is quite a distance. The temple was extremely crowded when we visited on Sunday afternoon. To enter any of the famous buildings, we had to line up with a big crowd. For those who have not seen a Tibetan temple, this would be a nice introduction, but a good guide would be needed.

Thank TravelMario64
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Reviewed 5 August 2017 via mobile

I enjoyed seeing this attractive, popular monastery. There is an entrance charge. I was wearing mid-thigh shorts and advised I should have my knees and shoulders covered out of respect although it was too late then to change and I was still allowed in. However, better to wear longer trousers or skirt if you can. The monastery has many buildings to look around with a route marked on the back of the ticket. It is still an active monastery and we saw many monks. You can take photos outside the temples but not in them. This was clearly marked.

To get there we took a public minibus from xining Road bus again that took about an hour and cost about 14RMB. A note on the return - the first place the bus stops for the return journey is in the centre of the town, not where the bus drops you off. Go to the first stop or you will find the buses are all full and it will be hard to get back to xining. It's walking distance from the monastery in the other direction from where the bus dropped us off. You might need to ask directions.

Thank Ruth C
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Reviewed 22 July 2017 via mobile

If you go to other monasteries in Tibet, I think you can avoid this one. It is a monastery for tourists. There are a dozen small buildings/temples inside but it lacks authenticity. You can see a few tibetans coming to pray, but you'll especially hear the Chinese guides yelling to their group. No pictures are allowed inside the buildings (which is usual in every bouddhist temple). We visited it in about two and a half hour, visiting every building available.
If you wish to go there, no need for a taxi. There are tourist buses that come from the center of Xining, it's very easy, just ask your hotel. I have added the picture of the back of the bus so you can recognize the sign. It costs 3 yuan and takes about an hour.
When the bus drops you, no need for a rickshaw, just walk 5 minutes, up the street.

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Reviewed 27 June 2017 via mobile

Came by this Monastary this afternoon. It is supposed to be the biggest monastary in the Xining area. Fascinating and educational visit for me.

Thank David A
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Reviewed 21 June 2017 via mobile

This is a beautiful monastery about 26 km from Xining, one of the largest in China. Beautiful restored temples---the yak butter sculptures are very unique. It will take about a half day to drive there & tour the grounds. Very popular with Chinese tourists & during high season we were told 10,000 people visit each day!

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