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Zhongdian

snow 4 °C
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We made it to the Tibetan plateau!

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Zhongdian is a slightly wild and rugged town in the middle of a grassy plain grazed by yaks, surrounding by huge snow-capped mountains.

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It snowed as we arrived and continued to be cold - well it is winter, at 11,000 feet.

The local Tibetans are famous for two things, we're told - knives and fierce dogs. Don't see too many knives, but do encounter some fierce dogs on a walk up to some rather lovely temples surrounded by prayer flags hanging from trees.

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We met some chinese-speaking Americans, who rather usefully negotiated us a Tibetan hotpot at pretty much the only place in town that was open.

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Next morning we went to the Sompasteling Monastery, one of the most amazing buildings I've ever seen, a higgledy-piggledy complex of big white temples filled with luridly covered carvings and buzzing with activity, particularly from the monks.

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We spent the afternoon driving around the surrounding area, looking at Tibetan houses, lakes and yak meadows.

Stayed at the Himalayan Garden Inn, which wasn't really open but they rented us a room anyway.

Posted by magykal1 10:42 Archived in China

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great,my dream place

by naiheqiao

wow...i went there in 2005. nice place,i hope u can go to the Tibet if u have the chance. very amazing.

by Terry_Chou

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