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Langmu Temple or Langmusi Monastery, located at Luqu county, 230 km from Xiahe, 530 km from Lanzhou (6 hours' drive), Gansu China, is a legendary place Padamasambhava Master got the demons subdued. Langmusi is not just a temple, the small town itself is called Langmusi (which means Langmu Temple), and yet half of it is in Gansu Province, and half in Sichuan Province. Half of the people here are Tibetans, and half are Muslims. You can see many both Buddhist monastaries and Muslim mosques in the little town.

What to See
The town is much smaller than its big brother is Labrang Xiahe, but is worth the visit. In the morning several temples were open, and saw monks praying. Expect also many places to be closed, specially is the afternoon. However, the decorations outside are also very nice. Some are a bit of a climb, but the views are worth it. Becarefull with wild dogs in the area. It is smart to bring a stick, just in case. In the morning I noticed one in the higher part of the monestry.

The landscape around the Langmusi Town is famed as China's" little Switzerland". The scenary here is absolutely fantastic, red mountain, beautiful valley, blue sky, forests, flowers, temples... The town and the hills are wreathed in mist all the year round. The hills are always so mysterious, the valleys are so deep and quiet and the town is extremely tranquil and tender. People will feast their eyes on the charming scenery: bright mountain flowers in full bloom in spring, rich pastures and thriving herds in summer, frost falling on the field in autumn, the white apparel of winter.

Things to Do
There are tons of activities to do here; you can hike in the valley, go see the local horse racing, ride a horse to experience the local nomadic life, go to the nearby Flower Lake,  visit the splendid temples,  go along the river and find just a place where funeral held or simply sit on the grass and enjoy the fantastic view around you.

Please don't forget to enjoy the numerous local festivities, especially Mask Dance during the Tibetan Losar or the Spring Festival and Shoton Festival in the summer months. The main Buddhist ceremonies in large-scale of Langmu Temple are the sunning of the Buddha Festival and Living Buddhas teaching. Buddhist Tangka, Shaidafo is a routine Buddhist ceremony which is held on the 15th of the first month in the lunar calendar, the Lantern Festival every year.  There are lots of Buddhist ceremonies in Tibetan.

Adventure Tips:
Ticket Price: 20 Yuan
Openning Hours: AM 8:30 - PM 5:00
* Plenty of lodging and restaurants. Most restaurants are Muslim ones, with great beef and mutton dishes.
* The lodging fare is about 15RMB per person in the hostel and the lodging fare is about 30 RMB per person in the Langmu Temple hotel.
* There is a terrace for celestial burial ceremonies around the Langmu Temple. Sometimes the sight will be probably observed.
Getting There:
A traveler can go by bus from Lanzhou, Xiahe County, Hezuo County or Ruoergai of Sichuan Province to the place and he will get off at the stop of Langmu Temple and then he need to walk another 3 kilometers before he can visit the temple