The Kumbum Monastery is located in Lusha'er Town, Huangzhong County, 25kilometers from downtown Xining. It is a national AAAA tourist attration. Constructionof the temple started in 1560 in the Ming Dynasty. As the birthplace of Tsongkhapa, the founder of the Gelug Sect of Tibetan Buddhism, the Kumbum Monastery is one of the six most important monasteries of the sect. It also holds an important place in the history of Chinese architecture. In 1749, Emperor Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty bestowed on the temple a horizontal board to be placed above its main gate, on which the emperor wrote the words, "Fanzong Temple", Butter sculptures, murals and embossed embroidery are the three most famous art forms of Kumbum Monastery.