Travel video of the week: China's Yarchen Gar

This week we're exploring China's Yarchen Gar — 'the largest monastery in the world'

By National Geographic Traveller (UK)
Published 23 Feb 2018, 15:00 GMT, Updated 14 Jul 2021, 09:28 BST
China’s Yarchen Gar

China’s Yarchen Gar

Photograph by Filippo ChiESA

This week, filmmaker Filippo Chiesa explores Yarchen Gar, officially known as the Yaqên Orgyän Temple, which lies in an isolated valley 4,000m above sea level in Garzê Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, in China's Sichuan province.

"Due to the remoteness of the institute and the bad condition of roads leading there, Yarchen Gar sees very few tourists. Officials often prevent foreigners from entering the institute or staying there overnight. It is reported to have 10,000 monks and nuns (most of the inhabitants are nuns), making it possibly the largest monastery in the world."

Watch more from Filipo here.

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