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Shangri-La

Blog Entry 43

Renaming Zhongdian to Shangri-La in 2002 to increase tourism worked a treat. First on our hit-list: Ganden Sumtseling Monastery; a Tibetan Monastry built by the 5th Dalai Lama at an elevation of 3,380m. Of the 700 monks housed there, we were fortunate enough to see less than one.
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Well this place looks warm and cozy!
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The horse is watching the pig and man poop.
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Dukezong Temple. Featuring gold Fortunate Victory Prayer Wheel...definitely within our top 8 Fortunate Victory Prayer Wheel's we ever did see!
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Gary 'the yak' Zheng doesn't seem happy.
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The increased presence of the guys strangely coincided with the decreased numbers of Tibetans.
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Old Town lies to the south of Shangri-La.
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Here in the main square, local tibetans and white people dance together every night to music by Khatak Phuntsok Topgyal, Lama Khen, and Harold Melvin Brown & The Blue Notes.
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Old Town lanes...
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Old Town food...
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Aside from the walking, trekking through the countryside with our Tibetan guide Bruce "the guide" Wangdak was great.
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China's somewhat controversial method of mining: take half a mountain then leave it to the Tibetan's to fix!
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Shangri-La's multi-purpose sports stadium is in need of a redevelopment.
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Tibetan kids are so much cuter than Western kids.
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Oh Bruce you're a funny bugger!
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Lunch with a Tibetan family in their home. The Namche ko Momo was second to none.
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Who's a cheeky little monkey?
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No I'm fucken not. You are.
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Some random monastery: Instead of being sacrificed and turned into burger patties, animals brought here are spared and released to roam on the sacred hill.
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It is said that bathing in the Tianshengqiao Hot Spring heals illness, injuries, and makes leopard print short-shorts even shorter.
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[Sad update: Since visiting, a massive fire swept through and destoyed much of Old Town. This was the third fire to hit Tibet areas in past few months. What a coincidence!]

Posted by 2 Idiots Abroad 08:28 Archived in China Tagged temple china fire monks zhongdian shangri-la bhuddist monastry Comments (0)

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