We really wanted to visit Tibet but travel restrictions there are large. Instead we traveled to Xiahe, China, which did not require any special visas at the time. We were able to tour the Labrang Monastery and see beautiful carvings such as this one over the entrances of many of the religious buildings.
In this carving I’m pretty sure that Buddha is on the horse and he is watching some sort of epic philosophical battle between the pig and the monkey. I really have no idea what’s going on but that’s what it looks like to me.
IF YOU GO: There are lots of little Tibetan areas to the west of panda filled Chengdu, China but you must check local conditions before venturing too far. Since traveling to this area we have read in very mainstream media of protests and harassments and this often means that foreigners are not welcome by the Chinese authorities.
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