Chambaling Monastery, in Chamdo Town, was founded in 1444 by one of Tsong Khapa's disciples. This monastery was the first and the largest Gelugpa Buddhism monastery in eastern Tibet, and has usually kept a close relationship with past Chinese governments. It still has a brass seal granted to its abbot by Emperor Kangxi. The well preserved monastery has a main assembly hall, zhacangs, debating yards, and hundreds of statues of Buddhas, thousands of square meters of murals, and magnificent Thangkas, which represent the highest artistic level in Kham. The most important Buddha statue consecrated in the monastery is the Chamba Buddha. This is why the monastery was named Chambaling.
The most famous feature of the Chambaling monastery is its religious dancing, which is characterized with ferocious and living masks, elegant postures, gorgeous costumes and grant scenes. During the Tibetan New Year, lamas celebrate with dance rituals. Wearing an assortment ferocious masks and gorgeous garments, many lamas perform this elegant ritual dance. The musical accompaniment is pithy, clear and melodious. The whole scene is wonderful and spectacular.
Admission Fee: CNY 35
Opening Hours: The whole day