Blogs from Ganzi, Sichuan, China, Asia


Asia » China » Sichuan » Ganzi June 19th 2012

What a beautiful placeā€¦! 30 km from Garza is Darje Gompa. I had a great time there. There are 3 monks that take care of you there. There are 3 nice gentlemen in their 60ties that I named, the 3 musketeers that do not let you feel hungry or cold. It is in an abandon monastery that now is a guesthouse. It is weird. It is like spending a night in an historic place, such us an old ghetto, or something alike. But it is nice also to recall what this place was before.It is located in a valley surrounded by snowy and green mountains. We wake up early and found a small car that took Marcelo, me a Dutch woman that lives here in China working as an architect; it is a great time to ... read more

Asia » China » Sichuan » Ganzi August 17th 2010

Why do we put up with the long flight to China, the steambath-like weather of Chongqing (although we had a wonderful time there), and the sometimes terrifying and always uncomfortable bus rides? We had our answer when we woke up Monday morning in the wonderful Tibetan town of Ganzi (Chinese name) or Garze (Tibetan name). At 3400m elevation, surrounded by snow and rock peaks up to nearly 6000m high, in the beautiful wide valley of the Yalong River, with many temples and lamasaries nearby, and populated by friendly Tibetans, this was indeed what we had come to see and experience. The local population seem to be mainly monks from the surrounding lamasaries, furniture makers, or farmers. Harvest is in full swing now. Some kind of beans, barley or wheat, and potatoes are the main crops. The ... read more
Ganzi street scene
Kids on the road to Garze Gompa
Jacob and prayer flags above Garze Gompa

Asia » China » Sichuan » Ganzi August 16th 2010

Most buses to anywhere out of Kangding leave at 6 AM so that they can maxmize the probability of completing the trip in daylight. So the bus station was very busy Sunday morning when we crossed the street to find ours to Ganzi. No buses were headed back to Chendu, over the route we had travelled just a few days ago, due to landslide-caused road closures. But, we were told that the bus to Ganzi was running. We decided to go onward, further into the mountains. We figured that we'd find a way back to Chengdu when that time came, and for now we'd push on. So we left in the dark with a caravan of other buses, immediately climbing on switchbacks out of Kangding. Pretty soon it got light, the trees got shorter and then ... read more
Prayer flags in the hills
Tibetan building west of Kangding
Waiting for road clearing south of Luhuo

Asia » China » Sichuan » Ganzi October 25th 2007

25.oct Ganzi Gestern Abend kamen wir hier in Ganzi nach nur einmal umsteigen an. Es war wieder mal eine anstrengende Tour. Nicht wegen der Strasse, sondern wegen unserer beiden Koepfe und Maegen. Wir haben tatsaechlich Karaoke gesungen. Innerhalb von Minuten als wir in der Bar einliefen standen fuenf Flaschen Bier auf unserem Tisch und wir mussten sofort tanzen und singen. Tibetan - Chiniese Polizei ist very good... war einer der Saetze, die einer auf englisch mal sagen konnte. Wir sassen am Tisch von der Polizei des Ortes und waren die Stars. Es war unglaublich. Um 12:00 sind wir nach Hause gewankt. Einer der spassigsten Abende die ich auf dieser Reise erlebt habe. Bilder folgen. Die Kleinstadt Ganzi liegt auf einer Hochebene von ca 3400m und ist eingerahmt von Schneebergen. Wir haben heute das Kloster besucht, wurden ... read more
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