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Buddha Zen

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I made these images at the Buddha Zen Hotel in Chengdu, Sichuan, China. While neither glitzy nor glamorous, the hotel had a nice boutique-y feel with comfortable rooms and a friendly, helpful staff. I would stay there again.

Black-Gold

 

Courtyard

 

 

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November 27, 2010 at 2:31 am

Facetime

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November 11, 2010 at 4:34 pm

On The Way To Kangding

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I made these images on our way into Kangding, the last Khampa/Tibetan town on our itinerary. Beyond Kangding, we were to journey to Chengdu, from where we would leave the region. “Here we can see some blue sky. Later on, we cannot see.” said Sonam, our guide. Because of what we witnessed as we made our way to the big city, these words have resonated with me since.

 

On the way to Kangding

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November 8, 2010 at 11:37 pm

Sichuan Landscape

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Sichuan Landscape

I made this exposure on the drive from Yajiang to Kangding. I like it because the dramatic light accentuates the dry, desolate terrain that is typical of this part of the Sichuan high country.

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November 7, 2010 at 12:23 am

The Earth and The Sky

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Images of Sichuan: The Earth and The Sky

I made this exposure on the drive from Litang to Yajiang. It is one of my favorites because it represents one of the things that I see in my mind’s eye when I think about our trip: gorgeous sometimes-gentle sometimes-severe hills, pristine blue skies (occasionally with a tint of green), and the ever-present billowing clouds that cast the most pleasing patterns of shadow and light on the landscape.

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November 2, 2010 at 3:43 pm

The Faces of Litang

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Litang is a rugged high-country town located in the Garzê Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Sichuan Province. Historically, it was part of the ancient Tibetan province of Kham. At 4,100 metres (13,450 feet) above sea level, it is >400 metres higher than Lhasa and one of the highest towns in the world.

These images are of the nomad family that my companions stayed with. We were all scheduled to stay in their tents but I got sick on the drive to Litang and ended up staying at a local guest house (I had it rough, I know).

Tibetan boy, Litang, Sichuan, China.

Tibetan girl, Litang, Sichuan, China.

 Tibetan father and child, Litang, Sichuan, China.

 

I made these images at the Ganden Thubchen Choekhorling Monastery on the northern end of town. The monastery was founded in 1520 and was home to the 7th and 10th Dalai Lamas, both of whom were born in Litang. One of the temples is being rebuilt and the morning that we visited, the town youth were moving planks and scaffolding into the great hall.

Tibetan youth at Ganden Thubchen Choekhorling Monastery, Litang, Sichuan, China.

Tibetan youth at Ganden Thubchen Choekhorling Monastery, Litang, Sichuan, China.

 

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October 31, 2010 at 12:20 am

The Road to Litang

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In the high country, prayer flags regularly adorn the landscape. Amidst the beauty and solitude, it is not hard to imagine the whistling winds carrying devotees’ unspoken hopes, desires and aspirations to the heavens.
Tibetan Prayer Flags, Litang, Sichuan Province, China.

 

Heading North on the Tibetan Plateau, the landscape quickly changed from the lush greenery of Yunnan to the arid, rocky terrain of the Sichuanese high country. I shot this late in the day. With the sunlight filtered by the billowing clouds, the landscape was painted in a harsh, dramatic light.
Landscape on the Tibetan Plateau, Sichuan, China.

 

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October 29, 2010 at 4:20 pm

Chatreng

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Chatreng (Xiangcheng 乡城 in Chinese) is a picturesque community that occupies a lush, fertile valley surrounded by dreamscape-like mountains. On a hillside overlooking the town is the Sampheling Monastery of the Gelugpa or Yellow Hat Sect.
Semphaling Monastery, Chatreng/Xiangcheng, Sichuan, China.

 

To respect the sacredness of this place of worship, photography is only allowed in one dimly-lit hall on the second level. I dialled up the ISO and made this image. It is a representation of the “present” Dalai Lama (not the man who currently occupies the position, but the idea that at any point in eternity, there is a Dalai Lama who has passed, one who is in the present, and future one who is yet to be born).
Dalai Lama statue, Semphaling Monastry, Chatreng/Xiangcheng, Sichuan, China.

 

This is Sonam our most capable guide, and a really interesting guy. He is a native of Chatreng so our visit to the town was a homecoming of sorts. He and his family generously invited us to visit with them. I shot this in the main living area on the second floor. To Sonam’s right is his dad, the patriarch of the family and a most gracious host.
Sonam and Dad, Chatreng/Xiangcheng, Sichuan, China.

 

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October 28, 2010 at 1:28 am

Yunnan to Sichuan

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I shot this at Daxue Shan (Great Snow Mountain, 大雪山) on our drive from Shangri-la (香格里拉) aka Zhongdian (中甸) to Chatreng/Xiangcheng (乡城).
Daxue Shan, Yunnan.

Much of the drive was on rugged, unpaved roads along gorgeous mountain ridges and over breathtaking mountain passes. By this point in the trip, we were routinely above 4000 metres. With the neighboring peaks and billowing weather all at eye level, it felt like we were traveling on top of the world. Truly amazing landscape. Probably the most beautiful of our trip. I shall return with more time on my hands.
Xiao Xue Shan Pass, Yunnan

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October 23, 2010 at 10:57 am

Images of Shangrila

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We were out in the late afternoon, driving around on the high-country grassland when our lead vehicle pulled to a quick stop. The plain before us was bathed in beautiful muted glow and in the distance, a storm front was coming This is down from the hills.We were out in the late afternoon, driving around on the high-country grassland when our lead vehicle pulled to a quick stop. The plain before us was bathed in beautiful muted glow and in the distance, a storm front was coming down from the hills.
Storm Front and Shangrila Grasslands

The square in old town Shangri-la. We were there right between the Mid-Autumn Festival and National Day/Golden Week. It was thus pretty quiet.
The Square in Old Shangrila

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October 17, 2010 at 12:51 am

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