Today our group woke up at a hotel in Kangding. We ate breakfast in a restaurant; the food was the same items we’ve been eating for both lunch and dinner as well. Boss Hog (our driver) and Tenpa (one of our Tibetan guides) drove us to a monastery in Kangding. This monastery was one of the greatest pieces of architecture we’ve ever seen. The attention to detail on every single piece put into that monastery was on a level you cannot begin to fathom. It’s hard to even begin to understand the amount of time that must have been put into creating the architecture. The inside of the monastery had an overwhelming feeling of spiritual energy. It was as though you could feel the energy of all the people who had come through the gates before you for the last thousand years. It was truly an honor and a privilege to experience such a sacred piece of Tibetan culture.
After the monastery, we ate a delicious, yet redundant, meal consisting of transparent noodles, sticky rice, eggs and orange chicken without the chicken (it may have been dough but I’m pretty sure it was eggplant). After lunch we hopped in the van and began a ride full of beautiful scenery. Our trusty driver rallied us to the top of a mountain pass where we stopped to look at what could be best described as a mountain of woven prayer flags. The scale of the monument and the surrounding landscape left us in awe.
After eating we continued our journey across the Tibetan Plateau where we took in the sights of local nomads and the vast mountainous hills.
One of the more memorable sights along the way was an airport that sat roughly 13,500 feet above sea level and had by far the longest runway we’ve ever seen. We then arrived in a town in Tibet called Tagong, which is out in the middle of who knows where. We walked around town to go shopping in many, many stores. We were also greeted by the locals with big smiles and great joy. We are treated as though we are celebrities with locals taking pictures of and with us. We ended the day with a quality Tibetan meal at our home stay and story time. All I’m really tryna say is that we are really in Tibet now.