Zhiduo

As one of the largest (80,220 km2) and most impoverished counties of Yushu Prefecture, Zhiduo is home to many remote Tibetan herding communities.  The county seat Zhiduo town serves as a base for many to collect supplies and conduct business.  In addition, Zhiduo town has the only monastery in the county, except for a single satellite monastery in Yaqu village, which serves the various spiritual needs of the population.  While other Tibetan areas have numerous monasteries (often from each of the 4 major sects of Tibetan Buddhism), Zhiduo has a single extremely large monastery of the Gelugpa sect.