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Sertar County

Sertar County, located in the northwest of Sichuan Province, is under the administration of Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture. It is bordered by Garze County, Luhuo County, Shiqu County and Zamtang County. Sertar means "gold horse" in Tibetan language. It is said that on this beautiful and bountiful prairie, horsehead-shaped gold was once discovered here and in order to ask for blessings its descendants named it "Sertar".

Sertar County

Sertar County is a gathering place for Tibetan with the highest altitude, lowest temperature and the worst natural conditions within the prefecture. It is a typical moundy plateau with the altitude exceeding 4000 meters, the relative altitude being 500-1000 meters. Ba'erba Valley is a region of plateau mountain with deep rivers and serious water erosion. The climate of Sertar County is continental plateau monsoon, with an annual average temperature being -0.16℃, the average temperature being -11.1℃ in January, 9.9℃ in July, the extremely minimum temperature being -36.3℃ and extremely maximum temperature being 23.7℃, with long winter but no summer. It could be frosty and rainy in all four seasons. The oxygen content in the air does not reach 60% of the standard.

Sertar County

Serdar County has a long history with profound and extensive religious culture. Since it is the origin of The Epic of King Gesar, the folk culture which is represented by Gesar culture and religious culture plays an extremely crucial role. Two things including "the Tibetan drama of Sertar" were listed into the provincial Intangible Culture Heritages, and Serdar County was acclaimed as "hometown of Chinese ethnic and folk art with featured culture".

Sertar County

There are 30 monasteries of various sizes in Serdar county, most of which belong to Nyingma sect. The Larong Wuming's Buddhist Institute is known internationally. This institute is located in the Larong Valley of Luoruo Town which is 20 kilometers from the county. The average altitude here is 3900 meters, and it covers an area of 4 square kilometers. The architecture of the college covers an area of 2.35 square kilometers, with the floor area being about 1.7 square kilometers, which makes it the largest Tibetan Buddhist institute in the world. The monasteries here are quite spectacular with small huts covering all over the continuous mountain ranges. At the bottom of the valley and on the hills some temples and prayer rooms dot there. Though the scale is not big, the decoration is exquisite and brilliant. The scripture hall, which is surrounded by prayer rooms, together with Lamas and Buddhist nuns wearing red robes, forms the mysterious and splendid view of Serdar. On the tenth day of every month (according to the Tibetan calendar), each monastery would hold the event of Cham (religious dance), and on 10th May of Tibetan calendar "the Dharma assembly" would be held. The frequent Buddhist events and religious dancing art as well as the performance of Tibetan drama enable Serdar to present its mysterious religious culture and festive atmosphere to people all the year round.

Every morning at 6:20, there is a bus running from Chadianzi Bus Station of Chengdu to Serdar County. The ticket price is more than 200 RMB. The whole journey takes about 12 hours.