Xiahe is a tiny Buddhist town in Gansu province and home to the Labrang Monastery, the biggest monastery in China outside the Tibetan Autonomous Region. There is nothing much to do in this town apart from visiting the monastery, but I stayed for 4 days nevertheless. It is that kind of place. The stories of the people living there, many of whom used to live in India and spoke Hindi, were an eye-opener for me. The things we take for granted or privileges for them.
You can trek the mountains surrounding the town for spectacular views of the monastery. Biking to the Sangke grasslands and camping out there for a night is also possible if the weather holds up fine. It is doable on a bicycle plus the views more than make up for the effort.
For information about renting tents, sleeping bags and bicycles, head over to the Snowy Mountain Cafe or look for a certain bloke called Gombo in Tara Guesthouse. He's a dude with an amazing smile. He must have a coffee shop by now.
Accommodation options- Labrang Red Rock Youth Hostel and Tara Guesthouse, both have private rooms and dorms. We stayed at the Red Rock.