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I am afraid you can be bored already with my Parisian pictures (I am) so why not to jump to the vast archive. The friends visited me last week for advice about what to visit in China. On this occasion I looked at my archive pictures. I found some nice photos. So I will show a few. I was in China five weeks in 2006 and posted only 18 photos on TE.

Here Tibetan nothing special. It is something like an hermitage near Drepung Monastery. The monks (or maybe nuns) are living in a kind of cave. I liked the red of the cloth.

Drepung Monastery is one of the "great three" Gelukpa university monasteries of Tibet. The other two are Ganden and Sera.

Drepung is the largest of all Tibetan monasteries and is located on the Gambo Utse mountain, five kilometers from the western suburb of Lhasa.

Freddie Spencer Chapman reported, after his 1936-37 trip to Tibet, that Drepung was at that time the largest monastery in the world, and housed 7,700 monks, "but sometimes as many as 10,000 monks."
Since the 1950s, Drepung Monastery, along with its peers Ganden and Sera, have lost much of their independence and spiritual credibility in the eyes of Tibetans since they operate under the close watch of the Chinese security services. All three were reestablished in exile in the 1950s in Karnataka state in south India. Drepung and Ganden are in Mundgod and Sera is in Bylakuppe.


I was there in 2006. As I read now in Google, Drepung monastery was shut by Chinese authorities on 14 March 2008, after monk-led protests against Chinese rule turned violent and businesses, shops and vehicles were looted and torched. The People's Republic of China claims that 22 people were killed in the riots but Tibetan sources put the figure much higher. The International Herald Tribune reported that the monastery reopened 2013 after being shut for five years.

Only seven pictures here from this magnificent place up to now. I hope you will find it interesting.

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