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Asia » China » Gansu » Xiahe May 3rd 2007

The present residents of Xiahe consist of about 45% Tibetans, 45% Han Chinese and 10% Hui Muslim, providing an interesting mix. As development continues, with road-widening projects, rumours of an airport, the tearing down of traditional housing and the erecting of ugly, bright new hotels and ever more souvenir shops, it is obvious that this mix is rapidly changing. The local Tibetans and Hui are being squeezed into a smaller and smaller area of town, or, in the case of the Tibetans, being moved further west. Mass resumptions have been common and the displaced people are usually offered "peanuts" as compensation. Very sad, the price of progress. On a brighter note, the people of Xiahe are an engaging and optimistic bunch. Many are philosophical about the changes that have taken place over the past decade or ... read more
Three-wheel taxis
Ash & Haruko
Checking for bargains

Asia » China » Gansu » Xiahe May 1st 2007

Xiahe is a small, but rapidly developing town in the SW of Gansu Province near the border with Qinghai. It is nestled in a beautiful mountain valley and is the location of famous Labrang Monastery. Labrang Monastery is second in size to the Potala Palace in Lhasa, so Xiahe is visited not only by increasing numbers of tourists but also by innumerable Tibetan pilgrims, many of whom have travelled vast distances to do so. My first visit here was during the Golden week in May (as indicated by the date on this blog). Although not a religious person or a student of Tibetan Buddhism, I spent many a peaceful hour wandering within and around the monastery complex, particularly early in the morning before the hordes of tourists descended. I was fascinated (and humbled) by the ... read more
Prayer wheels turning
.....and turning
Eye-catching prayer wheel

Asia » China » Gansu » Xiahe April 4th 2007

url='/Videos/2506.html' onclick='dialog("/Videos/2506.html?popped=1","tbvideo",600,600);return false;' monks in the snow It was very cold when we got to Xiahe. We found a nice hotel, with tibetian paintings (tangka) in the room. This time the hot water are only in the morning, 8-9. So in order to take a shower we walk up at 8am. Must say it was a good one, except they stopped the hot water at 8:50, when Amir still had some shampoo on his head. we were heading to the monastary - there supposed to be a guided tour in English at 10. We were looking fo the tour/ office/ anyone but couldnt find so we walked on our own, After 30 minutes we saw a monk with some western passing us - they showed us where to buy ticketes and we joined them. We entered ... read more
pilgirms doing "skivot smicha"
the boots are left outside - 300 pairs!
Tibetian architecture

Asia » China » Gansu » Xiahe February 1st 2007

I went to Xiahe last summer and absolutely loved it! It is really a magical place, full of good humoured Tibetans. They all look so fierce but they are a so sweet! I took the 07.30 direct express bus from Lanzhou South Busstation. After 3 hours the bus stops in Linxia and you can eat some noodle soup. Then another 3 hours and you have arrived in Xiahe. Tibetans call this place Labrang. I spent my first day here to explore the Labrang monastry. At 10.00 in the morning and 15.15 in the afternoon, there are guided tours, guided by an English speaking monk. This is very interesting, as you can see parts of the monastry that you can not see if you go by yourself. The second day I went to the Sangke grasslands. The ... read more

Asia » China » Gansu » Xiahe January 6th 2007

Oh.. the rigours of travelling has meant that the pie has not gone unscathed in the last few months, but is still intact & very much enjoying notching up miles on the piedometer... Hello all …… a VERY happy new year to you. Sorry this blog entry has been a while in coming. A few of the places we have visited have limited internet capabilities and I simply did not have the patience to upload the new piccies up to the site - and obviously I’m so busy these days time just cannot be wasted in internet cafes! Anyway, hope you enjoy these snapshots of the trip over the last few months. Leaving Xiahe (last point of blogging!) by firstly, the SMALLEST taxi in the world into which we squeezed our rucksacks and ourselves wrapped in ... read more
clare and the tibetan ladies
an honest sales department?
hop on there's plenty of room

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Asia » China » Gansu » Xiahe October 27th 2006

Bin in Xiahe irgendwann spaetnachmittags angekommen. Vollkommen erschoepft und muede, aber doch rastlos. Die ganze Fahrt hierher liess mich nicht zur Ruhe kommen, wuehlte mich auf. Hab dann einen langen Spaziergang gemacht und war schon wieder so ueberwaeltigt von dem was ich sah, das mir die Traenen in den Augen standen. Xiahe ist eine kleine Stadt in der ueber 50% der Einwohner Tibeter sind. Die Stadt liegt ueber 3000m hoch, und anfangs hat ich mit dem Schnaufen echt Probleme. Es gibt eine riesige Tempelanlage, mit einem Pilgerweg darin, wo sich 1174 Gebetsmuehlen zum drehen bringen lassen. Es leben in dieser Tempelanlage ueber 1000 Moenche, vor der Kulturrevolution waren es ueber 4000. Viele kleine Tempelanlagen und Universitaeten laden zum rumschlendern und verweilen ein. Und die Stadt lebt, es spielt sich soviel auf der Strasse ab, obwohl es ... read more
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Asia » China » Gansu » Xiahe September 9th 2006

9/9 - After 20 sleeper bus from Xian to Lanzouh, we have arrived to Lanzouh at 0600 in the morning and took another bus to Xiahe at 0730. (44.5 Y, 4.5 hours). Xiahe is little Tibetan village at the Tibetan hilly region. It’s a green place, surrounded with grasslands, and it has the largest and most important Tibetan village outside of Tibet. 11/9 - we mention the 9/11 events with little bicycle adventure to the nearest grassland which was nice until rain struck us back to town. The grassland is 14km south to Xiahe, and it cost 5Y to cross the Pagoda. Bicycles a 15-20Y per day. 12/9 - After meeting two more Israeli couples ( which was nice after 3 weeks with no Israelis around) we took a van along with Yaniv, Micheal, Gal and ... read more
Tibetan temple
Grassland
Drying Wheat

Asia » China » Gansu » Xiahe August 21st 2006

Sunday August 20th Another way-too early morning bus. We said goodbye to Fany and went outside as we heard the bus honking like crazy to warn travellers that he was about to leave (in 30 minutes! better hurry) and wake up the whole town. Our next destination was Xiahe, a town with the biggest tibetan monastery outside Lhasa. Most people who come to Langmusi went to Xiahe before so we knew somewhat what to expect. Most people prefered Langmusi but we decided to give Xiahe a shot anyway. The bus didn't go directly to Xiahe though so we had to transfer in Hezuo about 2 hours and a half into the trip. We weren't too sure where to get the transfer but we were told the bus to Xiahe was leaving from the other bus station ... read more
Xiahe side street 2
Tibetan quarter at sunset 2
Sangke Grassland 2

Asia » China » Gansu » Xiahe July 13th 2005

We left Xian railway station bound for Lanzhou on yet another 13 hour overnight trip - the best part of which was being able to see the first class waiting room! It was full of very comfortable sofas and large screen tv’s and quite a contrast from the usual railway waiting rooms. Nick said that Xian is the only city that automatically allows foreigners to use the first class waiting room, regardless of whatever class of tickets they hold. We arrived in Lanzhou early next morning and only had time for a quick trip to the loo and then onto a bus for the six hour trip to Xiahe. Xiahe is home to the Labrang Monastery, one of the largest working Tibetan monasteries outside of Lhasa. It is set in a beautiful valley in Gansu Province ... read more
monk spinning his prayer wheel
A line of spinning prayer wheels
Prayer wheels

Asia » China » Gansu » Xiahe July 8th 2005

Before i say anything i want to warn everyone that this will be a boring blog! 5:00am, Tara Guesthouse I got up and felt really well. No headache, and i didn't feel like puking. After buying some bread with yak butter, i wanted to hear the sutra chants of the monks before i depart from Xiahe to Xining at 6:30pm. I went back to Labulang, leaned against the wall at the main prayer building and heard their chants. It was eerie yet peaceful. 6:30am, The bus station Great. No bus to Xining today. Looks like i won't be staying with those muslims after all. The only bus they had was to the town i hated most. Lanzhou. The town i got grabbed, groped and thrown out of my hotel. I did not want to waste another ... read more




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