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Repkong straddles the Repkong River, mushrooming upward with the infusion of government capital in the form of high rise apartments, government buildings and hotels dedicated to future residents. It looks like a city of at least 200,000, though actual residents … Continue reading

Trika to Repkong


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 This morning started with a drive from the hotel in Trika to a small local monastery named after the Jokhang in Lhasa. It’s 400 years old and shows its age, but it was quite busy with local people performing prostrations, … Continue reading

Kumbum Monastery


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Kumbum is a large complex spreading up and across a hillside about 25 km south from the center of Xining. It’s central temples lie in a notch between two hillsides while its auxiliary buildings sprawl upwards on both sides. Kumbum … Continue reading

The Great Thangka


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   On the way to Xining, capital of Quinghai province in northwest China, I stopped overnight in Xian. It’s a colorless city, with isolated clots of high rise satellite apartment cities dotting the flat landscape. Stark concrete structures line the … Continue reading