Day 220. 82km. Shadui – Xinlong

Posted: December 18, 2015 in China, Cycling
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Yak butter. The valley smells of yak butter. From every village, from every temple. I pass monks entering the temples – the yak-butter centres. Monks pass me buzzing along on their motor scooters while looking at their phone. I watch the monks circle around the temple perched on the top of the hill in Xinlong. Yak butter.

The cat looks on

The cat looks on

I left early this morning, with the thought of cycling the whole valley to the base of the massive pass in one day – 150km. The road was good, but up and down and up and down – rising above the river, only to drop down at the next corner. The headwind slowed things down, so I accepted it. I’ll take this valley in two days as originally planned.

Village

Village

The monk and his soul mate

The monk and his soul mate

Xinlong

Xinlong

Temple in Xinlong

Temple in Xinlong

Comments
  1. giannis says:

    ‘the monk and his soul mate’ – priceless!

  2. Eliza Waters says:

    What a beautiful old temple. Monks on cell phones, the contrast of old and new.

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