12 Unique Photos of the World’s Largest Tibetan Buddhism School

The valley at night. (Image: Sina.com)
The valley at night. (Image: Sina.com)

The world’s largest Tibetan Buddhism School is located in the Larong Valley in Garze, which is a Tibetan region in western Sichuan Province, about 400 miles away from Chengdu.

Around 40,000 monks live in the valley, mainly from Sichuan, Qinghai, Gansu, and other Tibetan areas.

Individuals from Singapore, Hong Kong and elsewhere also go there for short-term study. There’s no television, no modern public toilets, and no heating.

It’s not a popular tourist spot, so getting there via the local roads isn’t easy. Only one bus goes there per day, starting from Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan. The trip takes 15-16 hours on the bumpy winding mountain roads, and one-third it is in poor condition.

Also, the roads up into the mountain are often closed due to weather—the threat of landslides during the rainy season, or thick snow during winter. Even when the road is passable, entry to the zone may be banned at any time because it is a politically sensitive area.

Despite all those troubles, you will still want to visit this school after seeing the photos.

Larong Valley is densely covered by the red hugs of Lama and monks. (Image: Photoblog.hk)

Larong Valley is densely covered by the red dwellings of lamas and monks. (Image: Photoblog.hk)

(Image: Sina.com)

(Image: Sina.com)

Thousands of red hugs are stretching over the hill slope.(Image: Photoblog.hk)

Hundreds of red dwellings stretch across the hillside. (Image: Photoblog.hk)

Two nuns traverse the steep hillside. (Image: Sina.com)

Two nuns traverse the steep hillside. (Image: Sina.com)

(Image: Sina.com)

(Image: Sina.com)

A lama. (Image: Sina.com)

A lama. (Image: Sina.com)

A group of young monks. (Image: Sina.com)

A group of young monks. (Image: Sina.com)

Two monks in discussion. (Image: Sina.com)

Two monks in discussion. (Image: Sina.com)

Studying the scriptures. (Image: Sina.com)

Studying the scriptures. (Image: Sina.com)

Tibetan temples. (Image: Photoblog.hk)

Tibetan temples. (Image: Photoblog.hk)

Locals pray at a temple. (Image: Sina.com)

Locals pray at a temple. (Image: Sina.com)

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