Tongren County, also known as “Repkong County” in Tibetan, has an area of 3465 square kilometers and a population approximately 90,000. Most of the populations are Tibetan. It becomes well-known for its Thangka art, monastery architecture, agricultural and mining community.
It is about 170 kilometers from Xining. There are more than 20 monasteries and temples in this county. Among of which Longwu monastery is the largest one. It is also well-known as a center of thangka painting. The Tongren Art, also Repkong art which has been named to the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists in 2009.
Tongren county was built around the Longwu Monastery date back in 1300. The town and Monastery were both widely expanded during the Ming Dynasty. Today, the monastery is the home of three separate academic institutions, houses more than 600 monks, and welcome visitors from around the world.
In additon to visit Longwu monastery, Wutong Monastery which is 14 kilometers away east from Tongren county is another site that visitors visiting frequently for its numerous Thangka paintings created by the monastery’s monks and local villagers. Although many of the original pieces were destroyed in the fallout of the Cultural Revolution during 1950s of 20th century, however, the style and beauty that once was still lives on with the current artistically talented monks and local villagers. Those fine Thangkars take weeks, or few months or even a couple years to create, and this is reflected in the price as well as their vividly details. A large piece of Thangkar can be sold for upwards of RMB 100,000.00 or more (approximately US$ 15,000.00), the smaller piece is usually at price from few hundreds of RMB to thousands of RMB. There is still plenty of fashionable clothing sold in the market in addition to those thangkars
In general, it is no problem to get a place for overnight when travel around in this region; there are more than 35 hotels and more than 80 Tibetan home-stay in this town; among of which, the best hotel is Shengyu Tianlun Hotel
When arrive in Tongren county, follow the south bank of Longwu river entering the township. Following the main for about 3-4 kilometers, Shengyu Tianlun Hotel is on the left. It is recommended to make a early booking for staying in this hotel;
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Altitude : 2480 meters above sea level