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Wudangzhao Lamasery

Wudangzhao Lamasery, situated in Inner Mongolia, China, is the largest and most well-preserved Tibetan lamasery in the region. Located at the southern foot of Jihuluntu Mountain, roughly 70 km (44 miles) northeast of Baotou, it was constructed during the reign of Emperor Kangxi (1662-1722) by the first Living Buddha Rob Sangalatuo. Over time, it has undergone several expansions, covering an area of more than 300 mu (20 hectares) with over 2,500 halls, sutras, and monks’ quarters.

Known as the “Potala Palace on the Grassland” and the “First Temple of the Northern Grassland,” Wudangzhao Lamasery is a significant destination for Tibetan Buddhism and a popular tourist attraction for visitors seeking to appreciate Tibetan culture and scenery. It features a vast collection of Buddhist art, including ancient sculptures and frescoes crafted from gold, silver, wood, and soil.

  • Location: about 70 km (44 miles) northeast of Baotou, at the southern foot of Jihuluntu Mountain
  • Opening time: 08:30-17:00 (low season), 08:30-17:45 (peak season)
  • Ticket price: 60 CNY per person
  • Time Needed: 1-3 hours
  • Best time to visit: June to September
  • Suited to: anyone who loves Tibetan culture, architecture, and art
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Wudangzhao Lamasery

What to See and Do in Wudangzhao Lamasery

Wudangzhao Lamasery is home to over 25 halls, pagodas, and temples, each with its unique architecture and historical significance. Visitors can explore the complex and learn about Tibetan Buddhism and culture. Some of the must-see attractions in Wudangzhao Lamasery include:

The main hall: The main hall of the lamasery is the largest building in the complex and houses a 5-meter-high statue of Sakyamuni, the founder of Buddhism.

The White Stupa: At Wudangzhao Lamasery, there is a notable monument called the White Stupa. This seven-story pagoda is a significant symbol of lamasery and represents an important aspect of Tibetan Buddhism. Visitors have the opportunity to climb to the top of the pagoda and witness breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding grasslands.

The sutra hall: The sutra hall is where the monks gather to study and recite Buddhist sutras. Visitors can witness the monks’ daily routines and learn about their way of life.

The Wuliang Hall: The Wuliang Hall is a Tibetan-style temple that houses a statue of Maitreya, the future Buddha.

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White Stupa

Best Time to Visit Wudangzhao Lamasery

The best time to visit Wudangzhao Lamasery is from June to September when the weather is mild and pleasant. This is also the time when the grasslands are in bloom, providing a beautiful backdrop for the lamasery. Visitors should avoid visiting during the winter months when temperatures can drop to below freezing and snow is common.


Attractions Nearby Wudangzhao Lamasery

There are several attractions nearby Wudangzhao Lamasery that visitors can explore, including:

  • Xilamuren Grassland: Xilamuren Grassland is a vast grassland located about 20 kilometers from Wudangzhao Lamasery. Visitors can experience the traditional Mongolian lifestyle, ride horses, and stay in yurts.
  • Zhao Great Wall: Zhao Great Wall is an ancient section of the Great Wall of China located about 60 kilometers from Wudangzhao Lamasery. It is the oldest Great Wall in China and dates back to the 4th century BC.
  • Genghis Khan’s Mausoleum: Genghis Khan’s Mausoleum is a grand complex dedicated to the legendary Mongol ruler and his achievements. It is located about 70 kilometers from Wudangzhao Lamasery.
Xilamuren Grassland Horse Riding
Experience Horse Riding on Xilamuren Grassland

Getting to Wudangzhao Lamasery

There are several ways to get to Wudangzhao Lamasery from Baotou, Inner Mongolia:

By Car: The distance between Baotou and Wudangzhao Lamasery is approximately 58 km (36 miles), which takes around 1.5 hours to cover by car or taxi.

By Bus: Visitors can take 1-2 buses daily from Baotou East Railway Station to Wudangzhao Lamasery, departing at 08:00 and 10:05 and returning at 12:40, 14:40, and 17:50. The bus ride usually lasts for around 2 hours and costs 20 CNY per person. However, not all buses numbered No.7 go to Wudangzhao, so confirming beforehand is recommended.

By Train: Unfortunately, there are no direct trains available from Baotou to Wudangzhao Lamasery. Visitors can take a train from Baotou Railway Station to Baotou East Railway Station and then take bus No.7 to Wudangzhao Lamasery as mentioned above.

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