Songzanlin Monastery - a place of homage for Tibetan Lamaism

Songzanlin Monastery - a place of homage for Tibetan Lamaism

 You’ll wonder whether you’re in Lhasa, so Tibetan a feel has Zhongdian, a town set on a high, Yunnan plateau in western China. Yaks graze on vast alpine plains dotted with distinctive farmhouses in a landscape of wild pastoral beauty, one of the many climes within the Three Parallel Rivers region that takes in the combined upper watershed of the Yangtze, Mekong and Salween Rivers. Songzanlin Monastery, or Gandan Sumtseling, restored since the ravages of the Cultural Revolution and once again a place of homage for Tibetan Lamaism, will give you a taste of classic, high-elevation Buddhism and the tradition-steeped steppes of Tibet. But it’s visiting with a Tibetan family that will best help you understand the unique Zhongdian way of life.

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