Taer Monastery (also called Kumbum Mosque in Tibetan) which is located in Huangzhong County, some 25 kilometers (about 16 miles), or about a half-hour's drive, from the captial city of Xining. It is said to be the birthplace of the Tibetan Buddhism master - Tsongkhapa who was the founder of Gelug (a sect of Buddhism). It is also famous as one of “six monasteries of Gelug”, as well as the Buddhist center of northwestern Tibetan Region. It is always an appealing attraction to people around the world.
Going to Taer Monastery generally needs to start from Xining. There are a couple of sites from where you can catch a bus to get to Taer Monastery directly.
Xining have direct shuttle buses to the Taer Temple, which is very convenient.
From Xining Railway Station to Taer Monastery
There are shuttle buses departing from Xining Railway Station(西宁火车站). The journey takes about 1 hour. The ticket fare is about 5 yuan per person. If you take trains to get to the Xining Railway Station; you can take the bus here to get to Taer Monastery. It is quite convenient.
From Xinning Road Bus Station to Taer Monastery
There are a lot of shuttle buses departing from the Xinning Bus Station(新宁路客运站) located at Xinning Road. The buses here leave every 5 to 10 minutes and takes about 1 hour. The ticket fare is about 5.5 yuan per person.
From Management Bus Station to Taer Monastery
There are many buses leaving for Taer Monastery from Management Bus Station (管理站公交车站). The journey takes about 40 minutes. The ticket fare is about 5 yuan per person.
Also you can catch a taxi or minibus at Management Bus Station(管理站公交车站) to Huangzhong (Taer Monastery). After geting off, you still need to walk about 270 meter to reach the gate of the Monastery. The whole journey takes about 30 minutes.
Take Xining - Huangzhong Special Line from Xining Railway Station, get off at Huangzhongta Station and then walk around 270 meters to the monastery.
Opening hour: 8:00 am- 5:00 pm
Ticket Fare: 80 Yuan
Taer Monastery has a dress code for visitors since 2018. It is required that visitors must wear long gowns and long dresses. No short trousers or short sleeves allowed. You won’t be able to visit if your dress is too exposed.