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Photo of the Week – Shangri La China

2 Comments 10 December 2010

Tibetan Monestary Shangri la china

Valley of Light

The Tibetan Buddhist Monastery named Songzanlin is the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Yunnan and one of the most famous in the region. The monastery was constructed in 1679 and looks like a Kasbah – with houses stacked on top of each other on a hillside. Approximately 700 monks live in those houses in this monastery community. The halls were colorful and ornate – and the Buddha statues were enormous!

The monastery was located near the fabled town of Shangri-la China.  A beautiful part of the country near the border of Tibet.  Yaks graze as the morning light paints the valley.

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  1. Mark H says:

    The moody mist makes this special. What a shame that there isn’t a shaft of sunlight on the hill lighting the temple (that would make it very Nat Geo!!).

    • admin says:

      Ha! Next time I will order up one shaft of soft morning light! :) I actually thought that too…if I were only better in photo shop…I could get rid of my wrinkles too!

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