JIANAMANI VISITOR CENTER
Yushu, Qinghai, China
Yushu is a highly regarded religious center to Tibetans. Its significance comes mainly from Jianamani, the world’s largest Tibetan Buddhist cairn.
The Jianamani Visitor Center serves both visitors and the local community. To visitors and pilgrims, it provides information about Jianamani and its history complemented by viewing the surrounding historical sites. To local Yushu-ers, it provides a post office, a clinic, public toilets and a small research archive.
The Jianamani Visitor Center is mainly built with the local construction techniques. The stone masonry is done by local masons, using the same kind of local rock from which Mani stones are carved. The railings around the roof terrace and the observation decks are made of wood, with some parts recycled from earthquake debris.