Visit Guide to Guangzong Si

Guangzong Si (Temple), is a Buddhist temple with a history dating back more than 300 years. The temple is considered one of the most important cultural and religious sites in Inner Mongolia and holds the ashes of the sixth Dalai Lama inside a golden stupa. For that reason, it is a place of important pilgrimage for devout Tibetan Buddhists.

Getting There

The temple sits in a remote location, Reaching the site requires hiring a taxi or private car, either from Bayanhot or the city of Yinchuan in neighbouring Ningxia province.


Guangzong Si was built during the Qing dynasty in the early 18th century, and like many religious sites, it was demolished during the Cultural Revolution and rebuilt in the 1980s. The temple complex features traditional Chinese architectural elements with distinct Buddhist influences. It comprises several halls, pavilions, and courtyards that house statues, religious artefacts and books of scripture.