"Langmusi/Tatsang Lhamo" Gansu Sheng by nattybabe

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Langmusi

Langmusi, literally meaning "fairy monastery" is situated on the main Gansu to Sichuan highway track. Thr town was so named after an ancient legend that tells of a fairy turned into stone on a mountain not far away. The town now harbours two monasteries, facing each other over the river and valley bottom and housing around 1,200 monks.

It was orginally built as a crucial academic institute for lamas studying Tibetan Buddhism, but gradully lost importance, forming a sharp contrast with the incresingly popular Labrang Monastery of Xiahe.

The town still remains, despite a few signs of decaying prosperity (or perhaps because of them), a beautiful place, not overly plagued by tourists.

The mountain cliffs that rear up to both the east and west of the small town are breathtaking, giving the whole area a kind of swiss alpine charm. These and other mountains in the area can be scaled to give spectacular, though desolate views of this remote area.

The sky burials up here, where deceased locals are cut up and left to the vultures are best left alone.

  • Last visit to Gansu Sheng: May 2007
  • Intro Written Jun 7, 2007
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