Stolen Photos

The upside of cameraless life is no stress, loss, damage, water danger, lack of film or similar catastrophe. The downside is no photos. Luckily I have friends with cameras. Here’s a few pictures taken by Joanne up until the point we left greater Tibet and entered Xinjiang.

1 Arriving for the living Buddha

Silk-clad tibetan knights dismount and the crowd heads up hill to the monastery, preparing for the arrival of the living Buddha 活佛 who will bless the people and ward away bad spirits brought out by the eclipse.

A hillside in Dege 德格 where new/traditional houses cut through the prayer flags

A hillside in Dege 德格 where new/traditional houses cut through the prayer flags

 

A Tibetan woman with a beautiful umbrellas, with a background activity on the Qingyuan grasslands

A Tibetan woman with a beautiful umbrellas, with a background activity on the Qingyuan grasslands

4 The view into TibetThis is the pass between Sichuan province and Tibetan autonomous region. Everything below is Tibet. 

 

Me sitting on a hilltop covered in prayer papers in Yushu, and looking like a bit of a muppet.

Me sitting on a hilltop covered in prayer papers in Yushu, and looking like a bit of a muppet.

 

We couldn't get a train ticket to Xinjiang so struck west by bus through Qinghai, the "siberia of China". here the rapeseed creates an amazing colour contrasts at the banks of the largest lake in China, qinghai lake

We couldn't get a train ticket to Xinjiang so struck west by bus through Qinghai, the "siberia of China". here the rapeseed creates an amazing colour contrasts at the banks of the largest lake in China, qinghai lake

 

The road from Qinghai to Xinjiang. On one of the few occasions when we were able to drive on the road as opposed to next to it.

The road from Qinghai to Xinjiang. On one of the few occasions when we were able to drive on the road as opposed to next to it.

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