Norbu Serwo Hotel

Xiahe, China

At a Glance

  • Characterful hotel designed in traditional Tibetan-style

  • Recently opened in 2015 offering modern and comfortable accommodation

  • Within walking distance of Xiahe’s main attractions including the Labrang Temple and Gongtang Pagoda

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China’s ancient Silk Road spans 3 vast provinces, stretching from the city of Xian in Shaanxi province through to the westerly terminus at Kashgar in Xinjiang province, close to the border of Kyrgyzstan. With such a vast range of terrain and topography, there are significant climatic changes as you follow this hallowed trading route across China. Xian’s continental climate makes it pleasant year-round, with more rain during the summer months, mirrored by the cities of Lanzhou, Jiayuguan and Dunhuang in Gansu province. It is only as you cross into the more rugged, arid terrain of Xinjiang that the variations in temperature become more apparent. Summers are scorching and winters are bone-chillingly cold, with snow on the mountains and huge temperature variations from morning to night. May is a spectacular time to traverse the Silk Road, as the snow begins to melt and the meadows spring to life with lush green pasture and wild flowers. Autumn is similarly pleasant, with less extreme temperatures and whilst the summers are very hot, the oasis towns across the desert region are bountiful with flowers and fruits and the humidity is low in the westerly reaches of the Silk Road.

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Description

Located close to the Labrang Monastery and Gongtang Pagoda, the Norbu Serwo Hotel offers atmospheric and characterful Tibetan-style accommodation in the monastic town of Xiahe.

Opened in 2015, the Norbu Serwo enjoys a prime location close to both the Labrang Monastery and Gongtang Tower and will suit those looking for a character property from which to explore Xiahe. With Tibetan-style architecture, a palette of reds and golds, the hotel is built around an attractive central courtyard and comprises 50 modern and comfortable guestrooms, ranging from large rooms with screened seating areas, to triple rooms and dormitory accommodation.

Standard amenities include Wi-Fi, flat-screen TV with cable channels and en-suite bathroom with shower. For greater comfort and space opt for a larger room with a dividing screen between the bed and seating area containing a revolving TV for watching from either the bed or sofa. The restaurant serves Chinese cuisine and there is also a bar, café and traditional tea house for refreshments. The games room includes chess, Mahjong and poker tables. In a great location with modern and comfortable accommodation, this characterful property makes a good base for exploring the monasteries and attractions of Xiahe.

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Accommodation

While the hotel’s public spaces are full of Tibetan style and influences, the rooms are more modern in style, although somewhat modest. Opt for a larger room to enjoy a separate living and sleeping space.

Facilities

The hotel features a Chinese restaurant, bar, café, traditional tea house and games room.

Activities

The hotel is in a good location for discovering the monasteries and attractions of Xiahe, including the Labrang Monastery and Gongtang Pagoda.

Experiences

  • Linxia: China's Little Mecca

    Between Xiahe and Lanzhou, we will make a stop at the Xiguan Mosque and walk at a local market at this autonomous prefecture.

  • Meet a Nomad Family & Horseback Riding

    Enjoy a traditional local lunch with a nomad family on a camp, hop on a back of a horse as you tread the grassland and gain insights into the nomadic lives with an evening Tibetan Culture Q&A Session.

  • Temples of Xiahe

    This morning, proceed to Labrang Monastery and meet the local monks. Visit the Gong Tang Pagoda as well as local nunnery and learn about the nuns' daily lives.

Holiday Ideas

  • Authentic Amdo Tibet in Qinghai & Gansu

    Xining, Chaka Salt Lake, Guide, Tongren & Xiahe

    from £3300 pp inc flights & transfers for 8 nights

    • Meet the largest local Tibetan monk and nun communities in Labrang Monastery
    • Admire the world's longest Tangkha, a Tibetan painting used to spread the teachings of Buddha
    • Journey into the 'Mirror of the Sky' and starry night skies of Chaka Salt Lake

Location & directions

Xiahe, China

The property is located around 2-kilometres from the town centre, the Labrang Monastery and the Gongtang Pagoda.

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