Labrang Monastery, Xiahe
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Labrang Monastery, for Tibetan Buddhists, and the one-street town of Xiahe are a six hours' bus ride west of Lanzhou, in Gansu Province.
This is a close-up of the temple in the photo above this one.
This is the monastery's entrance for the public. In the map below, it is the populated space that appears as a plaza. Wikipedia has a good article on the temple. Travel China Guide also has a nice page (as usual), and even a short video with lovely Buddhist chanting. Be sure to read the page on Xiahe after you finish the one about the monastery.
Students taking a break from medical school class.
For miles and miles...
In many other places in northern China they use caves for meditation.