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*We drive through exhilarating grassland scenery on our journey to Langmusi where there are more Tibetan Buddhist monasteries to be seen. We may get monastery fatigue too by the end of our travels in China. But not just yet.
*We are continually at an altitude of around 3500 meters, indeed we have been so for several days. The modest ambient temperature detracts from the sun's actual intensity. The locals have very dark complexions.
Tuesday September 2 2014
*In the interest of accuracy SG must mention that Xining
was in Qinghai province but Xiahe is back in Gansu province. Our route is
obviously criss crossing Gansu and Qinghai provinces.
*We spend all day in and around the Labrang Monastery,
watching local life and that of the Buddhist monks, easily distinguishable by
their oxblood coloured robes and shaven ...
Monday September 1st 2014
*Xining, where we had to unexpectedly stay is the first 'large' city we have encountered since arriving in China. It has around 2.3 million residents and that means about nearly half of Qinghai's entire population live here or in the vicinity. There are traffic jams - but not on the scale of Shanghai or Beijing.
*We are woken at 6.00 a.m Monday morning by the sound of fire works being let off near our hotel. ...
... 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. ...
... At 10 a procession of monks emerges, and yes, they are wearing yellow hats. Our guide for this tour is a monk; he marches us round briskly - if we slow down or speed up we collide with some other tour group. He explains that we are in a centre for Buddhist learning, with 10,000 rooms and 65,000 books. The monks study various specialities: we view the faculties of Medicine and Astrology, where rows of monks are sitting on cushions reciting in unison outside ...