Day 4: Kangding to Yoloshi

We explore Kangding for a couple hours before heading on to Yoloshi (which will only take us 4-5 hours)

If you ever watched Avatar the Last Airbender (the cartoon version) then you’ve kind of got a look at Kangding. Kangding is a magestic city embedded in the mountains similar to how the abandoned temples of the airbenders look like. Here is where I personally realized that the airbenders represent Tibetans.

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We then visited the temples. Tempa and Tsering explained Buddhism to us and how the Kham region of Tibet practices a form of Buddhism where they go around prayer wheels clockwise. The prayer wheels themselves also rotate clockwise. Prayer wheels were abundant throughout Tibet, especially in the rivers.

Tibetans of the Kham region pray around prayer wheels clockwise

Tibetans of the Kham region pray around prayer wheels clockwise

Tempa explains the different kinds of Buddhism in Tibet to us.

Tempa explains the different kinds of Buddhism in Tibet to us.

going to the temple

going to the temple

the temple

the temple

the view looking from the temple

the view looking from the temple

After checking out Kangding and having lunch, we set off for Yoloshi. The scenery immediately change from mountainous to more valley.  Kangding was definitely one of the bigger Tibetan cities. Tibetan villages in the valley consisted of probably 10 houses max within 3-4 mile radius.

driving through the valley

driving through the valley

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