is a county in Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture,
Gansu province, along the western border with
Qinghai province. It lies along the Daxia and
Zhao rivers. It is on the northeast edge of the
Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. The average elevation is
2900 - 3100m with the highest being 4636m and
lowest 2160m. The name - Xiahe, which literally
means, "Xia River" refers to the Daxia
River which runs alongside the town. It is home
to the famed Labrang Tibetan Buddhist monastery,
one of the largest Tibetan Buddhist monasteries
outside of the Tibet Autonomous Region. The town
is populated largely by ethnic Tibetans, as well
as some Hui and Han Chinese. The area is highly
rural and pastoral (including yak and other animal
rearing). The geography is mountainous. In recent
years it has become a tourist attraction. The
town was named Xiahe in 1928.
Getting there and away
is no railway lines anywhere close to Xiahe or
the neighboring area. The only viable mode of
transport to/from this Tibetan town is by bus.
From Lanzhou: a few direct buses
run to Xiahe daily, departing 6:30~7:30
and 14:00. But if there is only a few passengers,
the driver may "sell" you at Linxia
to the Linxia-Xiahe buses when stopping
If you missed the direct bus,
you can take a Lanzhou-Linxia bus from either
the east or south bus station in Lanzhou.
From Linxia, buses to Xiahe departing every
40 minutes between 6:30 and 4:30pm, 3hrs.
those from Sichuan Zoige, you will need to come
via Hezuo. Catch the 6:20am bus from Zoige to
Hezuo, via Langmusi. Buses to Xiahe from Hezuo
(2.5hrs) depart frequently before 4pm. There is
also a direc bus from Langmusi to Xiahe.
Leaving - The daily bus leaving
Xiahe for Lanzhou departs in early morning.
You can also go to Linxia,there are 2~3
buses per hour to Lanzhou between 6:30am
and 4pm, about the same timetable for buses
Xiahe is also a starting point
for travelers heading for Qinghai. One daily
bus leaves for Tongren (5hrs). However,
due to poor road conditions, do not count
too much on the punctuality of the bus,
which is sometimes even cancelled. If you
plan to go southward to Sichuan province,
you can first take the morning bus to Hezuo
and then change.