Monastery by Thuchen

Wow! Wow! Wow! This monastery sat at the top of a huge mountain and was splendid!  Stunning views (all the way up!!), beautiful colours … speechless!!

Sitting on the mountain top, 1800m above the town (already at 4,500m altitude).  Needless to say it was a spectacular drive up!! We zigzagged up through incredible hairpin turns, keeping our eyes closed against the thought that someone might be coming down as we climbed.  Couldn’t worry about the down traffic too much, or one would miss the glorious view – thin white ribbons of road below, dense foliage, and the town slowly becoming more miniature with each twist.

We saw yaks grazing in sunny pastures and Tibetans farming and living on steep slopes.

Near the glorious monastery were incredible homes, perched on the hillside. They must have simply stunning views!!! The Chinese have ordered the occupants out – saying there were ‘too many people’.
This million dollar real estate was vacated by Tibetans on demand. Wonder who is moving in?

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