Langmusi - a village with authentic Tibetan culture
The authentic Tibetan Buddhism practiced at its monasteries and the nomadic lifestyle of the local Tibetans are two of the main reasons people are drawn to Langmusi. A sleepy village in a remote, breathtaking setting, it is inhabited by a colorful mix of Han Chinese, Hui and Amdo Tibetans. At the same time, for hiking in the mountains, it is one of the best places to visit in China, right on the border of Sichuan and Gansu provinces.
The vast, green grasslands outside of town are an impressive sight, and they also support the nomadic culture of the local people. If you want to learn more about this way of life, you can stay for a few days with a nomadic family. You can help the Tibetan women milk yaks, make butter and dry yak dung, which is used for fuel. You also can watch the men herd the yaks and sheep. If you are interested in Northern Sichuan attractions generally, please find more information at WindhorseTour: Grasslands And Scenic Areas in Northern Sichuan.
Langmusi is a paradise for backpackers and those travelers who want to explore the real Tibetan life. Do not be surprised by foreigners on the street, as it is one of the most striking places to visit in China. Langmusi also offers great possibilities for hiking. Trekking across the rolling green hills, you enjoy a pleasant view of the monasteries, grasslands and high mountains. Multi-day treks can be arranged if you want to mix exercise with cultural exploration. You can even hike high into the mountains if you wish.
There are many cultural sites in Langmusi. Sertri Gompa, Kirti Gompa and Hui Mosque are all famous Sichuan attractions. Sertri Gompa, located on a northern hill, is a temple where traditional Tibetan sky-burials are still practiced. Kirti Gompa is a Buddist temple on the southern hill, and Hui Mosque is located close to the Sichuan side temple near the entrance gate. They are must-visit places in Langmusi. You can also visit Hongyuan Grassland, Miyaluo Scenic Area and Jiuzhaigou National Park as part of your visit to Langmusi.