The Wuzi Hall

On September 8, 2011, in Historical Relics, Popular Provinces, Temples, Tibet, by Jack Li

The Wuzi Hall is the main hall of the Sangye Temple. The three storey hall faces the east, with a floor area of around 6000 square meters. The height of each storey is between 5.5 to 6 meters. Because the storeys are much higher than usual storeys, it appears from the outside that the Wuzi […]

The Wuzi Hall is the main hall of the Sangye Temple. The three storey hall faces the east, with a floor area of around 6000 square meters. The height of each storey is between 5.5 to 6 meters. Because the storeys are much higher than usual storeys, it appears from the outside that the Wuzi Hall has five floors inside, but actually it has only three. On the second and third floor of the hall, there are spacious balconies built along one side of them. Thanks to them, sunlight can enter the hall during the day and keep it bright inside.

According to historic records, the architects of the hall wanted to combine Chinese, Tibetan, and Indian architectural styles together to build it. That is why the first storey of the hall represents typical Tibetan style, while the second storey is in Chinese style, and the third storey adopted Indian style. The elegant frescos and statues in each storey also reflect the architectural styles of that storey, and are in harmony with their surroundings. The mixed architectural style of the Wuzi Hall is very unique. As a matter of fact, you can hardly find an ancient building like this in the history of architecture. People even call it the “Three-style Temple” to honor its special design.

The Sangye Temple

Gandanpozhang Palace

On September 6, 2011, in Monasteries, Palaces, Temples, Tibet, by Jack Li

Gandanpozhang Palace is bed room of Dalai Lama in Drepung Monastery. Before Potala Palace was built, the Fifth Dalai Lama had been lived there. At the period, he was the political and religious head in Tibet. So Gandanpozhang also is symbol of the Tibeten government. Gandanpozhang Palace was built in 1530. There are seven floors […]

Gandanpozhang Palace is bed room of Dalai Lama in Drepung Monastery. Before Potala Palace was built, the Fifth Dalai Lama had been lived there. At the period, he was the political and religious head in Tibet. So Gandanpozhang also is symbol of the Tibeten government. Gandanpozhang Palace was built in 1530. There are seven floors in the palace. The architectures are divided into three parts, the front part, the middle part and the back park. In the front part, there are many store rooms. Dalai Lama lined on the seven floor. There is a scripture hall, a bed room, a lecture room and a living room there. Besides there, there are another two halls, Zhuoma Hall and Hufashen Hall. The Palace has a special room for the mummification of an innocent young girl. It is said she was put to death by a siren. Then people regarded her as a lucky goddess. The third floor is very magnificent. There are Buddha statues there. After the fifth Dalai Lama, the government offices were not there anymore.

Drepung Monastery (Zhebingsi)

Four Zhacang (Buddhist College)

On September 6, 2011, in Monasteries, Temples, Tibet, by Jack Li

Zhacang is a unit of Gelupai Temple which is used for learn scripture. It is also following the Cuoqing (a unit of temple). The Drepung Monastery had seven Zhacang in the past and they were charged by the seven disciples of Jiangyang Qujie. However, there are more and more monks came here and the seven […]

Zhacang is a unit of Gelupai Temple which is used for learn scripture. It is also following the Cuoqing (a unit of temple). The Drepung Monastery had seven Zhacang in the past and they were charged by the seven disciples of Jiangyang Qujie. However, there are more and more monks came here and the seven Zhacang combined into four which including Luo cycolin, Guo mang, Deyang and A ba.

Guo Cycolin Zhacang:

It is the largest Zhacang in the Drepung Monastery. It covers an area of 1860 Square meters and divided into two parts, the Scripture Hall and the Buddha Temple. The Scripture Hall has 102 pillars and the area is 1053 square meters. The scripture shelves against the walls and about 60 meters long. All kinds of classical scripture are on the shelves. The Qiangba Buddha Temple is behind the hall. The temple has three rooms and connected with each other. There are many Buddha statues there. The monks in this Zhangcang are the most. They come from Kang District and Yunan Province. The Zhacang has 23 Kangcun (a unit under Zhangcang).

Guo mang Zhacang:

The Guo mang Zhacang also has a Scripture Hall and a Buddha Temple and has 102 pillars. The Buddha Exhibition composed with three parts, they are Ba Lakang, Minzhu Lakang and Zhuoma Lakang. The Zhacang has 16 Kangcun. There are many Micun under the Kangcun (Micun is a unit under the Kangcun).

Dezha Zhacang:

The Dezha Zhacang is the smallest Zhacang and covers an area of 375 square meters. The Buddha Temple is behind the Scripture Hall.

A Ba Zhacang:

A Ba Zhacang is the Esoteric Buddhism College of Drepung Monastery. It is located in the right of the Cuoqin Palace and is a closed yard. There are many monks’ rooms around the yard. The Scripture has 48 pillars and covers an area of 467 square meters. The religious paintings on the walls are attractive.

Drepung Monastery (Zhebingsi)

Cuoqin Palace

On September 6, 2011, in Monasteries, Palaces, Tibet, by Jack Li

Cuoqin Palace is the main architecture of the Drepung Monastery. Cuoqin Palace is in the middle of the Drepung Monastery, covering an area of four thousand, five hundred square meters. In front of the hall, there is a plaza. It takes seventeen wide stone stairs to get to the hall. The hall is held by […]

Cuoqin Palace is the main architecture of the Drepung Monastery. Cuoqin Palace is in the middle of the Drepung Monastery, covering an area of four thousand, five hundred square meters. In front of the hall, there is a plaza. It takes seventeen wide stone stairs to get to the hall. The hall is held by eight pillars. The scripture room of the hall is truely magnificent with gorgeous decorations. The room covers an area of one thousand, eight hundred square meters. There are in all one hundred, eighty-three pillars holding the room. The statues in the hall are very vivid for example; statues called Dawenshu and White Umbrella in the middle of the hall. The main religious symbol, Dextral Discus is worshiped in the Cuoqin Palace. It is sent there when the Drepung Monastery started to be built. The Dextral Discus was cherished by the local people and regarded as an important treasure. The Lingta of the second, third, fourth Dalai Lamas are kept in the Cuoqin Palace. On the walls of the cuoqin Palace, there are hanging paintings. On the east of the palace, there is a very small cave called Rangjiongma. It is the earliest architecture in the Drepung Monastery.

Drepung Monastery (Zhebingsi)

The Potala Palace Museum

On August 17, 2011, in Lhasa, Museums, Palaces, Tibet, by Jack Li

The Potala Palace Museum is located in the City of Snow on the foot of the Potala Palace. It is a three-floor building with a floor area of around 2000 square meters. Local government has spent more than 10 million on establishing the museum. It was not open to public until 2009. The whole museum […]

The Potala Palace Museum is located in the City of Snow on the foot of the Potala Palace. It is a three-floor building with a floor area of around 2000 square meters. Local government has spent more than 10 million on establishing the museum. It was not open to public until 2009.

The whole museum can be divided into 8 sections, with more than 200 invaluable cultural relics and their photos inside. Most of the relics displayed in the museum were from the Ming and the Qing Dynasty, for example, the Tibetan Buddhist scriptures.

You can see palm-leaf scripture from the 9th century, the white pottery bowl with classical patterns on it from the 12th century, the bronzen statue of King Kong from the 14th century, the agate cup from the 17th century, and the snuff bottle from the 18th century. There are also many precious ancient documents preserved in the museum, for example, the imperial edicts of the emperors in the Qing Dynasty. Visiting the museum is one of the best ways to gain a basic understanding of the Tibeten culture.

The Potala Palace

The Red Palace

On August 17, 2011, in Lhasa, Monasteries, Palaces, Temples, Tibet, by Jack Li

The Red Palace was located at the center of the Potala Palace. It was named “the Red Palace” because the outer walls of the palace were all painted red. The layout of the palace lies in the formation of Mandala. The main buildings in the palace are the Stupa Halls of Dalai Lama. In total, […]

The Red Palace was located at the center of the Potala Palace. It was named “the Red Palace” because the outer walls of the palace were all painted red. The layout of the palace lies in the formation of Mandala. The main buildings in the palace are the Stupa Halls of Dalai Lama. In total, there are eight Stupa Halls within the palace, where generations of Dalai Lama’s bodies were preserved. Many small scripture halls were dotted among the Stupa Halls, such as the Shangshi Hall, the Xiangtong Hall, and the Shixi Hall.

The west part of the Red Palace is the Jiyuanman Hall. It is the Stupa Hall of the fifth Dalai Lama. The Jiyuanman Hall is the largest Hall in the Potala Palace, covering an area of 725 square meters. You can see marvelous frescos on the wall of the hall. The most famous among them must be the one picturing the fifth Dalai Lama meeting Emperor Shunzhi of the Qing Dynasty. There is a Dalai Lama’s throne in the hall, with a big plaque saying “the place where lotus blossoms” above it. The inscription on the plaque is written by Emperor Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty.

The Fawang Cave in here is one of the earliest buildings in the Potala Palace. There are statues of Sontzen Gampo, Princess Wencheng, Princess Chizun, and Ludongzan in the cave. These exquisite statues are invaluable relics now.

The Sushengsanjie Hall is the highest hall in the Red Palace. Inside the hall, you can see a portrait of Emperor Qianlong and an elegant eleven faces Guanyin made of silver. The hall is the Stupa Hall of the 13th Dalai Lama. Established in 1933, it is the latest building in the Potala Palace.

The Potala Palace

The White Palace

On August 17, 2011, in Lhasa, Monasteries, Temples, Tibet, by Jack Li

The White Palace is one of the major buildings inside the Potala Palace. It used to be the residence of Dalai Lama, the supreme religious leaders of Tibet. The seven-floor mansion was named “the White Palace” because its outer walls were all painted white. The top floor of the palace is the Sunlight Hall, which […]

The White Palace is one of the major buildings inside the Potala Palace. It used to be the residence of Dalai Lama, the supreme religious leaders of Tibet. The seven-floor mansion was named “the White Palace” because its outer walls were all painted white. The top floor of the palace is the Sunlight Hall, which once was Dalai Lama’s bedroom and study. In ancient Tibet, only high-ranking lamas were allowed to visit the hall. The layout of the hall can be divided into two parts, the West Sunlight Hall and the East Sunlight Hall. The West Sunlight Hall was built during the construction of the Potala Palace, while the East Sunlight Hall was established later in replication of it. Part of the roof of the Sunlight Hall is retractable so that duiring the day time, sunlight can enter the hall. That is why the hall was called “the Sunlight Hall”. The opening roof would be covered by tarpaulin during the night.

The fifth and sixth floors of the White Palace were the place where Dalai Lama handled offical business. The forth floor, the Yudong Hall, is the largest hall in the White Palace, with a length of 27.8 meters and a width of 25.8 meters. Dalai Lama’s throne is placed in the hall, with a big plaque saying “prosper the borderarea of China” above it. The inscription on the plaque is written by Emperor Tongzhi of the Qing Dynasty. Grand ceremonies, for example,   coronation, were held there.

In addition, there is a hill in front of the White Palace, with a large square on its mountainside. The square is called the Deyang Square. It was the place where Dalai Lama used to enjoy theatre performances and held outdoor activities. And to the south and north of the square, there are schools for lamas. The weather-beaten White Palace welcomes a great many of visitors everyday.

The Potala Palace

Snow Mountain

On August 16, 2011, in Mountain Areas, Popular Provinces, Tibet, by Jack Li

Surrounded by beautiful flowers and trees, there are many garden-like quiet villas. As long as you live in a room facing a mountain, every morning when you wake up, you will see the snow mountains, which is a great pleasure. Not far from the bank of the lake, trees are standing upright, swaying and relaxing. […]

Surrounded by beautiful flowers and trees, there are many garden-like quiet villas. As long as you live in a room facing a mountain, every morning when you wake up, you will see the snow mountains, which is a great pleasure. Not far from the bank of the lake, trees are standing upright, swaying and relaxing. The garden is quiet in the afternoon and the sun is warm. Walking along the roads in the forests, you will feel that you are in a lotus land. The red and tall azaleas are in blossom. If you are in the season of wild strawberry, you can pick up some. You can also spend most of your time staring blankly or wandering around. Sitting in the yard filled with red or purple fresh flowers, drinking a cup of milk tea, reading a book or having a nap, you can spend your whole afternoon in such an easy and pleasant way until the snow mountains in your eyes are fired by the setting sun.

Sacred Lake in Tibet- Ba Songcuo

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Jieba Village

On August 16, 2011, in Chinese Towns & Villages, Ethnic Group Flavors, Tibet, by Jack Li

You will be a little amazed when you arrive at Linzhi, even if you have been to Lhasa or Mount Everest. The unsophisticated and archaic primitivity is also a point where lead people into the interesting part of Ba Songcuo Lake. Tibetans who live in Gongbu Jiangda County are called “Gongbu People”(means people who live […]

You will be a little amazed when you arrive at Linzhi, even if you have been to Lhasa or Mount Everest. The unsophisticated and archaic primitivity is also a point where lead people into the interesting part of Ba Songcuo Lake. Tibetans who live in Gongbu Jiangda County are called “Gongbu People”(means people who live in valley) by people live in other areas of Tibet. Gongbu People have their own costumes, unique architecture, and various festivals; even their language is quite different from other Tibetan people. Wander about Jieba Village, Cuoguo Village, Zhala Village and other natural and archaic villages; you can see the kind smile of Gongbu people here and there.

Jieba Village is a Tibetan-style village with primitive Gongbu flavor, which has over 80 households and is a big village in local place. It is said that there are still a few families of polyandry in the village. Both men and women like to woolen long gown made from Pulu and put on felt cap. Women wear sliver chain on the waist, wrap around a peaudesinge sleeveless jacket on the back and love to wear various jewelries.

You will be entertained with courtesy and warmth if you push the door of any household. There are fire pond, stone pot and aluminium pot in their house, which can be used for both cooking and heating. The light is densata overhangs in the air and the firewood is European beech common of good quality. The roof has already been fumigated to dark. What you will eat here is free-range pigs, wheat cakes made on thin slates, matsutake with grilled chiken, Bahe fish and highland barley noodles; what you drink is superior highland barley wine. It requires enouch courage to go to washroom, which is just a log cabin hangs out of the second floor and suspends in midair.

Sacred Lake in Tibet- Ba Songcuo

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Tashilhunpo Monastery- Shigatse

On November 11, 2010, in Adventure Trip, Monasteries, Tibet, Tips & Ideas, by Jack Li

The Tashilhunpo Monastery is situated  just west of a small city called Shigatse, which is the old ancient capital of Tibet it’s very pretty I would recommend a visit. The best way to get around is to do what the locals do and rent bikes, they cost about 30RMB they makes it really quick and easy […]

The Tashilhunpo Monastery is situated  just west of a small city called Shigatse, which is the old ancient capital of Tibet it’s very pretty I would recommend a visit. The best way to get around is to do what the locals do and rent bikes, they cost about 30RMB they makes it really quick and easy to sight-see and get around. However if that’s not your scene log onto china travel to get some great tours and travel tips.

Tashilhunpo Monastery

The Tashilhunpo Monastery sits at the top of the Nyima Mountain amongst vast landscape and beautiful scenery. It represents the Tibetan super architecture art in the last Tibetan spirit. The monastery is still fully working with monks praying and worshipping daily, it also attracts thousands of visiting Buddhist and tourist all year round. The Tashilhunpo Monastery was founded in 1447, the literal meaning of the name in Tibetan is ‘heap of glory’ since then the monastery has grown almost double in size. The Monastery is one of the four great monasteries of the Gelugpa school of Tibetan Buddhism, thus making it one of the must see places when visiting this area. The Monastery seeks to provide the Tibetan monks the best possible modern education, along with a deep and intimate understanding of the heritage of Tibet.

The view from the Monastery

A trip to the monastery is a very pleasant and relaxing day, it’s great to walk round and take in the natural and ornate buildings and status. Like many other places in china, the monastery has a magnificent golden roof  that can be seen reflecting the sun from miles away. If this account has inspired you to want to travel Beijing but don’t know where to start for some great low cost travel idea’s go to China Tours. Or if you need advice on hotels go to China Hotels.

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