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Yushu 

In the autonomous region of Qinghai, china (formerly known as kham-Eastern Tibet), Yushu prefecture is rich in Buddhist Monasteries. Being a constituent of the former NangChen Kingdom. The different balance of power in this part of Kham enabled the older Tibetan Buddhist orders to prevail in Yushu.

Jiegu Monastery, Yushu, QinghaiYushu Tibetan is located in southern Qinghai province. It is comprised of six counties: Yushu, Chengduo, Nangqian, Zaduo, Zhiduo and Qumalai. The total land area is 191,178km2. The government seat is located in Jyekundo, which is the centre of political life, economy, culture and transportation for the entire prefecture.

Yushu has its own unique character of natural and cultural landscapes. Yushu’s folk songs and dances are extremely well known all over the Tibetan world.

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Jyekundo (what you call "Yushu town") has lots of things to do and see. First, the largest prayer stone pile in all of Tibet is just east of town. There are over 2 billion hand-carved prayer stones at the Gyana Mani Temple with many pilgrims going around it each day. There is also the Princess Wencheng Temple 20km south of town (easy to get there by van taxi) and the Batang Sky Burial (just before you head up to the Princess Wencheng Temple). There are numerous other small temples around Jyekundo and several good markets. There are lots of good mountians to climb to get a good view of the town. There is also the Lebha Ravine that is about 45km from Jyekundo. Lebha is where the famous king Songsten Gampo and his wife Princess Wencheng stayed enroute to Lhasa. Trangu Monastery sits 7km south of town and also is worth checking out. Jyekundo has 3 large monasteries within 7km so there are a lot of monks around.

Qumarleb sits about 245km northwest of Jyekundo. It is a small town sitting at an elevation of around 4300m. It is very cold here in the winter. None of the guesthouses will have heat (some have coal/yak dung stoves) and night time temperatures regularly are -20C to -30C in the winter. There is not a lot to see in the town itself. There is a small Gelukpa monastery and that is about all. The surrounding area is 100% nomadic. You can take a mini-van from Jyekundo to Qumarleb for around y40 to Y50 from the center square in Jyekundo (where the black yak statue is).

Nangchen

Zumu Monastery, Nangchen, QinghaiNangchen is a county of Yushu in there centralize: plateau pasture, virgin forest, deep and serene canyon, thousand years old Buddhist Monasteries and myth stories. Nangchen is the county name and Sharda is the name of the county capital. Nangchen was an independent kingdom of Tibet up until the 1950's. It was independent from Lhasa and also (very) independent from Beijing. Nangchen is rich in Tibetan history. There are several monasteries around twon. The famous Chinese kungfu actor Jet Li spends a lot of time in Nangchen each year and is personally helping to fund the building of a new monastery there. Nangchen weather is much warmer than the rest of Yushu Prefecture, but will still be cold. You can get to Nangchen by taking a mini-van taxi from the front of the main bus station in Jyekundo for around Y30 per person.

If you want to see some nomad life it is not hard to find in Yushu Prefecture. Over 65% of the population is nomadic. I would recommend taking a mini-van taxi to the town of Drido (Zhiduo in Chinese). Drido lies 195km northwest of Jyekundo and can be easily reached by van taxi from the center square in Jyekundo. From Drido you could hike to Qumarleb which is 45 km away. Along the way, you follow the Drichu (Yangtze) River. It is very beautiful with lots of nomads.

On the way to Zumu Monastery, Nangchen, QinghaiNangchen is located in the most southern part of Qinghai Province, neighboring the Tibetan Chamdo district. Total population stands as 60,415, and 98% of whom are Tibetans. It was formerly one of the five independent kingdoms of Eastern Tibet (Kham). Nangchen was spared from the onslaught of Gushri Khan's armies in the 17th century, mainly due to the nomadic lifestyle of its inhabitants and the harsh terrain quite inhospitable for settlement. There are only a few lower sheltered areas where cultivated fields are found. Against the backdrop of vast grasslands, dramatic limestone and sandstone cliffs and immaculate nature reserves, Nangchen is one of the most interesting and uncontaminated parts of Kham. The capital is at Sharda, 193km from Yushu (Jyekundo) via Ke La, 160km from Zurmang Dutsitil and 189km from Riwoche. There are about 78 monasteries in Nangchen, among them H.E. Trulshik Adeu Rinpoche's Tshechu Monastery, H.E. Satrul Rinpoche's Trulshik Monastery and Jamme Monastery which is managed by Jamme Choesin and Jamme Lhamchok Rinpoche are the more revered monastic institutions of the Drukpa Lineage.

Nangchen has been a stronghold of the Drukpa Lineage, due to the great influence of H.E. Trulshik Adeu Rinpoche and his predecessors.

 

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