Western China

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I’m continuing with a three part series on a trip I recently took to the QingHai country side of western China.  You can check out parts 1 and 2 here:  Light & Shadows & Colors & Shapes.  For some backstory, see below: Last month I visited GonLung Jampaling Monastery in HuZhu county, QingHai, western China.  HuZhu is one of…

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Two months worth of back editing continues. Last month I visited GonLung Jampaling Monastery in HuZhu county, QingHai, western China.  HuZhu is one of the hidden treasures of western China because of it’s vast and varied minority mix – Mongolia, Tibetan, Muslim, Han.  Just to give you an idea of how confusing things can get…

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About once a year I head over to one of our cities Daoist/Taoist temples for a visit and a look around. The place is fantastic for so many reasons.  Mostly it’s the people amazing people.  I’m such a sucker for interacting with people.  Religion in western China is a blend of just about everything.  For…

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I hope all of you are having an amazing holiday season and stuffed to the gills with food made mostly of butter and sugar.  For me, it’s been a busy but good December. From December 8th until December 20th I was on the road.  Though I didn’t leave the country during this marathon trip –…

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As some of you saw in my last blog post, I was lucky enough to spend last weekend at the LaRu festival in Rebkong valley.  Rebkong is extremely famous throughout Tibet and is the artistic heart of the area.  At the center of that heart is the Thangka (pronounced ‘tanka’). Thangkas are traditional hand created…

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