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... Both monasteries were destroyed during the Cultural Revolution and are therefore relatively modern. Indeed as in Ta'er Si and Labrang monastery in Xiahe, there are new temples being built and the complex is being enlarged still further. The buildings themselves may not be as impressive as those of Labrang, or the prayer wheels as large or as numerous but the setting in the late afternoon light is gorgeous.
*Our exercise is currently coming ...
*The pilgrims and worshippers walk at an impressive pace,
( given altitude and some of their ages ) chanting mantras and working prayer
beads with their left hand. With their often gloved right hand they turn each
and every prayer wheel which lies on their path. Some will go a stage further
and prostrate themelves at especially significant places. We reckon at Labrang
monastery there are over a 1000 prayer wheels to turn.
... today's journey is another matter. There are signs that some major road project is about to start- equipment is in place, accommodation camps have been erected but there is no one actually working. The road is a mud bath and we are glad to be in the Landcruiser truck. Several ordinary saloon cars are having difficulty navigating the uphill sections and we pass more than one heavy goods vehicle simply marooned in the mud.
*As if the road itself was ...
... that. When asked, he did mention that there were women monks at the nunnery but the only thing they were permitted to study was philosophy. As we were leaving, many of the monks were coming to the largest temple. They all took off their shoes and boots outside the door. Many of the boots are similar to uggs. With all the boots just thrown into a pile and many of them looking exactly the same, ...
... monastery that has many prayer wheels along the way. Many people including monks were walking the path. On the hill behind the monastery were these small buildings. When we asked, we learned that they were actually study huts for the monks. Afterwards we also explored the town and the outskirts. We saw some kids playing soccer including a few in their monk robes in one of the fields. ...