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Jiayuguan Pass – the Great Wall on the Silk Road
Jiayuguan Pass – the Great Wall on the Silk Road

Jiayuguan Pass - the Great Wall on the Silk Road Jiayuguan Pass or Jiayu Pass, as guan means pass in Chinese is one of the most remarkable monuments on the Silk Road and one of its most popular sights. Built at the end of the Great Wall, showing the desolation of the...

History of Dunhuang, crossroads of cultures on the Silk Road
History of Dunhuang, crossroads of cultures on the Silk Road

History of Dunhuang, crossroads of cultures on the Silk Road Dunhuang is one of the most fascinating cities on the Silk Road, although it now appears to be asleep, in the sleep that the improvement of communications in recent centuries has brought to the great...

Kyzil Grottoes – Primitive Buddhist art on the Silk Road
Kyzil Grottoes – Primitive Buddhist art on the Silk Road

The Kyzil Grottoes - Primitive Buddhist art on the Silk Road The Kizil Grottoes are located on the cliffs of Minya Dag Mountain facing the Muzhati River, 7 km southeast of Kizil Township, Baicheng County, and about forty-three kilometers west of present-day Kucha,...

Tibetans, the people who descend from the monkey
Tibetans, the people who descend from the monkey

Tibetans, the people who descend from the monkey According to an ancient myth, the Tibetans originated from the union of an ogress (raksasi) and a monkey. The monkey was sent by Avalokitesvara, Mother Buddha, to sow the seed of Buddhism in these lands. One day, an...

The Monastery of Sera – History and foundation
The Monastery of Sera – History and foundation

The Monastery of Sera - History and foundation Sera Monastery, located on the outskirts of Lhasa, is one of the largest monasteries in Tibet, and one of the most important centers of learning. Still today many young Tibetans come to the monastery to be trained in the...

The monasteries of Tibet- the soul of the land
The monasteries of Tibet- the soul of the land

  The monasteries of Tibet- the soul of the land One of the most charismatic aspects of Tibetan culture is its monasteries. Mention Tibet to anyone, at least in the West, and they will immediately associate that word with the monasteries and their monks. Those...

Sakya Monastery and its impressive art treasures
Sakya Monastery and its impressive art treasures

Sakya Monastery and its impressive art treasures Sakya Monastery is located 165 kilometers west of Shigatse, on the road to Tingri, and is a must-see for all travelers who can spare a little time to explore central Tibet, as well as those who end (or begin their...

The Zhunti Temple in Kunming, a cult to a mysterious goddess
The Zhunti Temple in Kunming, a cult to a mysterious goddess

The Zhunti Temple in Kunming, a cult to a mysterious goddess In the center of Kunming there are barely a handful of temples left, but as one moves towards the outskirts one can still find some that for one reason or another, survived the turbulent times of religious...

The Temple of Shen’an: Exemplary Writer and Traveler in Ming China
The Temple of Shen’an: Exemplary Writer and Traveler in Ming China

The Temple of Shen'an: Exemplary Writer and Traveler in Ming China Almost at the entrance to Kunming's famous West Mountains there is a small temple that goes unnoticed by most travelers. It certainly cannot compete in importance, beauty or decoration with the...

The Silk Road: Ancient communication between Asia and Europe
The Silk Road: Ancient communication between Asia and Europe

The Silk Road: Ancient communication between Asia and Europe The Silk Road is the longest and oldest commercial network on our planet, the oldest, the one used for the longest time, and the one that has had the greatest importance for the formation of the world as we...

Chinese characters

The magic of Chinese characters
The magic of Chinese characters

The magic of Chinese characters The written word, the Chinese characters, have had from their very origin, a magical meaning for the Chinese. There is no doubt that for them a character is not only a symbol of the concept it claims to represent but the object itself....

Ethnic groups

Life of Milarepa, the hermit poet
Life of Milarepa, the hermit poet

Life of Milarepa, the hermit poet. MiIarepa is one of the most beloved religious leaders of Tibet. His story, full of unique facts, has been told again and again over the centuries, and if the publishers did not warn that this is the autobiography written by the holy...

Chinese culture

Jiayuguan Pass – the Great Wall on the Silk Road
Jiayuguan Pass – the Great Wall on the Silk Road

Jiayuguan Pass - the Great Wall on the Silk Road Jiayuguan Pass or Jiayu Pass, as guan means pass in Chinese is one of the most remarkable monuments on the Silk Road and one of its most popular sights. Built at the end of the Great Wall, showing the desolation of the...

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