Tashilhunpo Monastery is one of the Six Big Monasteries of Gelugpa (or Yellow Hat Sect) in Tibet. Likewise called the Heap of Glory, it is situated at the foot of Drolmari (Tara's Mountain), Shigatse. Established by the First Dailai Lama in 1447, the religious community's structure was extended by the Fourth and progressive Panchen Lamas. Covering a range of about 300,000 square meters (3,229,279 sq. ft.), the primary structures found here are The Maitreya Chapel, The Panchen Lama's Palace and The Kelsang Temple. Remaining on the passage of Tashilhunpo, guests can see the great structures with brilliant rooftops and white dividers.
Location: Foot of Drolmari (Tara's Mountain), Shigatse.
Prices: CNY 80 (May 1-Oct.31); CNY 40 (Nov. 1-Apr. 30)
Best time to visit: 09:00 to 17:00
• Jamba Chyenmu (The Maitreya Temple)
• Sunning of the Buddha Festival
• Largest Maitreya statue in China
• Thangka Sunning Festival in summer