Photo Essay: A glimpse of the Tibetan Countryside

2 Nov

“Shangri-La” – just the mere mention of this name would conjure images in my mind of a mystical city located in some highly inaccessible ranges of the Himalayas and filled with secrets, known to but a few chosen ones. Though in realty, it is located in the northwest Yunnan Province, in the Dechen Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture. Called Zhongdian in Mandarin and Galthang in Tibetan, Shangri-La is the name given by the Chinese tourism authorities to this city after James Hilton’s novel – The Lost Horizon. Though I haven’t read the book, I recently got a chance to visit this city and drive around its surrounding countryside. This area provides a quick glimpse into the Tibetan life and culture, and I am sharing these via a photo essay with you today –

1. Stunning Vistas – Shangri-La is at an average height of around 3,000 – 4,000 m and has beautiful mountain ranges and views as far as the eye can see.

Gorgeous Mountain ranges all around

Gorgeous Mountain ranges all around

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Small villages dotting the countryside

2. Stupas and Prayer Flags – Tibetans follow Buddhism and you can see many small white stupas and prayer flags all around.

Typical temples in Tibet

Typical temples in Tibet

Local Shrines / Stupas

Local Shrines / Stupas

Prayer Flags

Prayer Flags

3. Farms and Drying Hay Racks – Farming seemed to be the primary source of income here and when we visited, there were huge drying racks outside every house with hay, corn, mushrooms etc drying for storage and subsequent winter consumption.

Local Farms and Drying Racks

Local Farms and Drying Racks

Drying Racks

Drying Racks

4. Local Tibetan Houses – Tibetan houses are huge, made of wood, of 2 – 3 floors with a large courtyard and intricate wooden carving throughout the structure. Some houses also have traditional Tibetan motifs painted around the door and window frames.

Traditional Tibetan Houses

Traditional Tibetan Houses

5. Local Flora and Fauna – Tibet has many unique plants and animals of its own that you see all around. But when we were there, there was this red bush / grass growing everywhere.

Red Plant / Grass that transforms the entire countryside

Red Plant / Grass that transforms the entire countryside

A close-up of the red plant / grass

A close-up of the red plant / grass

Stunning and unique, isn’t it?

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39 Responses to “Photo Essay: A glimpse of the Tibetan Countryside”

  1. themindlessmusings November 2, 2014 at 21:44 #

    Wow that sky is gorgeous

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  2. preconcept November 2, 2014 at 22:15 #

    Ah Tibet!!!! So cool 😀

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  3. grackleandsun November 3, 2014 at 04:06 #

    Beautiful! Thank you for sharing.

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  4. corneliaweberphotography November 3, 2014 at 05:17 #

    Such beautiful images in such beautiful country. Thank you for taking me there!

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  5. donnaevaligia November 3, 2014 at 05:52 #

    Very beautiful
    We heard last here that a fire ravaged the old tibetan town. Could you see how is it now and tge extent of damages? Already reconstructed?

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    • getsetandgo November 22, 2014 at 19:08 #

      Hi, yes the old town was burnt down by a fire…The reconstruction work is in progress but a lot of it has been reconstructed…

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  6. Jatin Adlakha November 4, 2014 at 17:30 #

    Stunning captures…one from amazing post from you 🙂

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  7. Vic Rana November 4, 2014 at 20:44 #

    Loved it..thx for sharing.

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  8. mytiturk November 5, 2014 at 23:22 #

    Thanks for liking my post on Istanbul’s Süleymaniye Mosque. The mysteries of the East and old places with history attract me. Thanks for this post.

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  9. Esther Lau November 8, 2014 at 20:09 #

    Thank you for sharing. I can’t wait to experience the beautiful landscape for myself next week! :))

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  10. lulu November 9, 2014 at 00:38 #

    Tibet is on my list of places to go, so I enjoy seeing this post with your photos.

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  11. Raconteur November 9, 2014 at 01:00 #

    Great images.

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  12. Sid - The Wanderer November 9, 2014 at 12:14 #

    Beautiful beautiful shots…

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  13. thephraser November 11, 2014 at 21:36 #

    The colours are so striking and so calm …

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  14. restlessjo November 15, 2014 at 00:02 #

    Fantastic! 🙂

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  15. chroniclesofafoodoholic November 17, 2014 at 05:32 #

    What beautiful photos … Always wanted to visit it !

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  16. setmeravelles November 18, 2014 at 01:34 #

    Great pics. This area of the world is calling me more and more.

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  17. Mohenjo November 18, 2014 at 11:26 #

    Reblogged this on James' World 2.

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  18. JuYogi November 18, 2014 at 16:42 #

    Beautiful pictures!

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  19. Judi Zienchuk November 23, 2014 at 21:12 #

    Amazing photos! The landscape looks gorgeous, it must have been so much fun to explore ^_^

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  20. Megan Malanga Coane December 12, 2014 at 22:57 #

    Your photos are gorgeous. Would you mind telling me what kind of camera you use to get these amazing images?

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    • getsetandgo December 14, 2014 at 15:59 #

      Thanks and I use a Nikon P510 and a Canon D500… And of course my iphone 🙂

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