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Second part of my Amdo pictures

Lhahab Düchen festival with cham dancing of the monks at Kumbum Monastery (Ta'er Si) near Xining

You can enjoy now the second part of the photos of my Amdo trip in autumn 2016. The photos cover de trip from Xiahe to Rebkong (Tongren) – where I visited four monasteries – to Xining – where I witnessed a festival with cham dancing of the monks at Kumbum Monastery – and back to Zoige. See the photos >> Stay tuned in because the third part of this great travel will follow soon and will contain pictures of Songpan…

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Pictures of my Amdo trip

A deer at Dagzha Monastery at Zoige

Since I came back from Tibet in January 2017, I have been very busy working on the pictures of my Amdo trip in October/November 2016. Now you can see the first part of this pictures. Follow this link for the pictures. These are pictures of the part travelling from Chengdu, Ma’erkhang (Barkham), the nine bends of the Machu River (Yellow River), Zoige to Xiahe. Beautiful and very Tibetan areas with vast grasslands. And nomads and yaks. But also big and…

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Back from sunny Tibet – January 2017

Back from sunny Tibet – January 2017 Yes, again I returned from a trip to Tibet in the month of January. It was my 6th trip to Tibet in wintertime. And although I always have good weather during my trips in January, this time it was every day totally blue skies and sun! And the sun is really powerful in Tibet in January. That is because of the altitude in Tibet, which is above 3,600 metres. So I had many…

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Destination Amdo, October/November 2016

Looking out to Labrang Monastery, Xiahe, October 2016

Destination Amdo, October/November 2016 I’m so fortunate to be able to travel and see so much of the Tibetan area’s and culture. In October I travelled to a new destination. After travelling the last two years in autumn in Kham, now Amdo was on my schedule. Amdo Amdo is one of the three traditional regions of Tibet, the other two being Ü-Tsang (now know as Tibet or TAR) and Kham. Amdo is spread out over the Chinese provinces Sichuan, Gansu…

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My winter trip to Tibet in 2016

Overlooking Shigatse, January 2016

Again to Tibet in January 2016 Why to Tibet in wintertime? Yes, I went again to Tibet in January 2016. It was my 5th trip to Tibet in the month of January. I really like to visit Tibet in wintertime. Why? I will answer that question. In the first place, it’s low season. That means there are almost no tourists in Tibet. I met few small foreign tourist groups in Lhasa and had breakfast with a small group of total…

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Kora Mount Kailash

At Drolma La pass (5.660m) during the kora around Mount Kailash in 2010

Kora around holy Mount Kailash It’s now 6 years ago that I decided to travel again to Tibet, after being there for the first time in 1997. I saw a great trip to Tibet, including Western Tibet and Mount Kailash from a Dutch tour operator. Included in the trip was walking the kora around the holy Mount Kailash. I had doubts. It seemed a great trip and kora to me. But could I do this kora? Walking in 2,5 day…

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Very special ceremony at Sera Monastery, Lhasa – January 2016

Special ceremony at Sera Monastery, Lhasa: monks sitting and chanting in the debating courtyard

  In January 2016 I travelled again to Tibet. I made again a round trip there. And I was again a solo traveller. As always I started my trip with some days in Lhasa. With my guide I visited again the most important sites in Lhasa. I also revisited Sera Monastery on a beautiful and sunny afternoon. I had expected to see the monks debating in the court yard, like every afternoon at 15.00 hours. I had seen that already…

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Coming soon: very special ceremony at Sera Monastery

Lhasa: special ceremony at Sera Monastery

In January 2016 I travelled again in Tibet. And I was very lucky to be able to witness a very special, rare ceremony at Sera Monastery. The ceremony was for a monk who had passed the highest debating examinations and became a high lama. Right now I’m working on the photos I made of this ceremony. I will publish them as soon as possible. So stay tuned in!

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Yunnan – Sichuan – Kham – October 2015

 My Yunnan, Sichuan & Kham travel In the province Yunnan live a lot of minority people. Also the scenery there is very alternate and beautiful. In Yunnan I visited major tourist cities as Dali and Lijiang. But I also visited the cities of Wuding and Chuxiong, where almost no (foreign) tourist come. I enjoyed seeing this cities very much. The people where very friendly and relaxed there. After the Chinese part of Yunnan I visited the Tibetan part of Yunnan.…

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Lhasa, city of pilgrims – January 2015

Barkhor Street, Lhasa: a group of men prostrating around the Jokhang Temple

Lhasa, a great city to visit in wintertime In January 2015 I travelled to Tibet again. But this time I didn’t make a round trip. Instead I stayed in Lhasa for a period of two weeks. Lhasa in wintertime is wonderful! At that time there are almost no tourists in Lhasa. But a lot of pilgrims visit Lhasa with it’s temples and monasteries at that time of the year. Because of the wintertime farmers can’t work on their fields. And…

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My Kham trip in October 2014

During my Kham-trip I saw unbelievable things In October 2014 I didn’t go to Tibet (Tibet Autonomous Regio) as planned. I had to change my travel plans at the last moment. And I went to Kham instead. Kham is a very Tibetan area in Sichuan province, with smaller portions located within Qinhau, Gansu and Yunnan provinces of China. I had a great and unbelievable travel in Kham. Below I give you the itinerary of my trip. But I must tell…

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