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Old January 26th, 2010, 04:35 PM   #161
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The monatery's name is Ganden Thubchen Choekhorling, or somehow more simple: Litang Ch÷de. It was built in the 16th century and represented a center of armed resistance to the Chinese resistance. Just in 1957, the Maoist army "liberated the town and its monastery



I annot say how many monks are living there...


...we were lucky enough to witnes a Buddhist procession when we came there
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Old January 26th, 2010, 04:36 PM   #162
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some views of Litang




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Old January 26th, 2010, 04:39 PM   #163
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the mountain in the background is roughly 5400 meters high


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Old January 26th, 2010, 04:41 PM   #164
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Old January 26th, 2010, 04:45 PM   #165
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old city district




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Old January 26th, 2010, 04:47 PM   #166
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some more locals


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Old January 26th, 2010, 04:51 PM   #167
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outside temperature was 13 degrees - in mid august


it was windy...


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Old January 26th, 2010, 04:55 PM   #168
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Old January 26th, 2010, 04:55 PM   #169
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Old January 27th, 2010, 04:53 PM   #170
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today's contribution shows a typical small and obscure Chinese town. It is Qiaotou, pop. perhaps about 10.000, located in Yunnan province amidst breathtaking scenery. The town on the contrary is not as impressive but interesting to see for people who either never been in China or never left the big megacities



Shanghai and Hongkong is very far. The main street.



No tourists around.
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Old January 27th, 2010, 04:58 PM   #171
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Strange architecture #1


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The town is located on 18oom above sealevel surrounded by 5000+m mountain ranges. A long and winding road leads up to a 3500m pass to the Tibetan plateau. Gosh, what a beautiful speck of this earth...
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Old January 27th, 2010, 05:03 PM   #172
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Qiaotou's proud: the supermarket. The offer was quite lame, though...



The alternative: the local market


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Old January 27th, 2010, 05:15 PM   #173
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Scenery near Qiaotou



On the way to Zhongdian, which already is located on the forementioned Tibetan plateau
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Old January 27th, 2010, 05:19 PM   #174
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The worlds steepest gorge is not too far away as well.
Looking 900m down, the overall incline is 3300m


unfortunately obscured by clouds...


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Old January 27th, 2010, 07:19 PM   #175
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Very nice photos from that place in the last photos
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Very good! I'd like to see more.
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Old March 25th, 2010, 11:31 AM   #177
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Zhongdian will be the next stop of our trip through Northwestern Yunnan along the border to Tibet.

First of all a map of the town's locations

(wikipedia)

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Old March 25th, 2010, 11:45 AM   #178
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Shangri Lah or Zhongdian has become a popular tourist destination.


Go there before everybody else does.


The town is located on 3200meters above sea level. In contrast to Dali (2ooom) and Lijiang (2500m) it has a distincitve Tibetan appeal.

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some impressions from the central monastery




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