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Michael Yamashita @natgeo Photographer; Author; Keynote Speaker; Workshop Leader; Asia Specialist; Sony Shooter. @thesilkroadjourney https://www.michaelyamashita.com/
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Michael Yamashita
From the top of Ganzi Monastery overlooking the town, now a city with many modern multi story buildings. 10 years ago when I first visited, it was a market town with mostly Tibetan architecture, traditions and culture, dominated by this monastery at its highest point. It was possible to photograph inside the prayer halls, the kitchen, debating courtyard and nunnery. Many of those photographs were published in my book on the Chamagudao, the Tea Horse Road. Now it is all off limits, “no cameras allowed” signs posted everywhere. What a difference a decade makes. #ganzi #ganzimonastery #tibetanmonastery #chamagudao #tibetanbuddhism @thesilkroadjourney
132 29,010 15 hours ago
From the top of ganzi monastery overlooking the town, now a city with many modern multi story buildings. 10 years ago when i first visited, it was a market town with mostly tibetan architecture, traditions and culture, dominated by this monastery at its highest point. it was possible to photograph inside the prayer halls, the kitchen, debating courtyard and nunnery. many of those photographs were published in my book on the chamagudao, the tea horse road. now it is all off limits, “no cameras allowed” signs posted everywhere. what a difference a decade makes. #ganzi #ganzimonastery #tibetanmonastery #chamagudao #tibetanbuddhism @thesilkroadjourney
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Monks study scriptures in preparations for debate at 300 year old Ganzi Monastery. A major monastery of the yellow hat sect of Buddhism, there are more than a thousand monks in residence. #ganzi #monks #tibetanmonastery #kham @thesilkroadjourney
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Monks study scriptures in preparations for debate at 300 year old ganzi monastery. a major monastery of the yellow hat sect of buddhism, there are more than a thousand monks in residence. #ganzi #monks #tibetanmonastery #kham @thesilkroadjourney
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The other side of Yarlung Gar - the nuns quarters - closeup it’s not a pretty site. It says more about Tibetans and Tibetan Buddhism, that despite the slum like conditions, people are still coming here in ever growing numbers to worship and study. #baiyu #kham #tibetan #tibetanbuddhism #yachen
73 15,261 3 days ago
The other side of yarlung gar - the nuns quarters - closeup it’s not a pretty site. it says more about tibetans and tibetan buddhism, that despite the slum like conditions, people are still coming here in ever growing numbers to worship and study. #baiyu #kham #tibetan #tibetanbuddhism #yachen
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The Tibetan faithful doing kora at Yachen Monastery. The good part of shooting pictures of kora is if you missed it the first time, you know they will be coming round again. #kora #Tibetan #baiyu #yachen #tibetanbuddhism #tibetanmonastery
87 30,711 4 days ago
The tibetan faithful doing kora at yachen monastery. the good part of shooting pictures of kora is if you missed it the first time, you know they will be coming round again. #kora #tibetan #baiyu #yachen #tibetanbuddhism #tibetanmonastery
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Yarlung Gar - the nuns quarters located on an island where no men are allowed. As beautiful as it might look from afar, on closer inspection the living conditions below are grim. 10,000 Tibetan women living in homemade shelters without running water, electricity, heat, or sanitation. #yarlunggar #yachen #garze #kham
118 18,809 5 days ago
Yarlung gar - the nuns quarters located on an island where no men are allowed. as beautiful as it might look from afar, on closer inspection the living conditions below are grim. 10,000 tibetan women living in homemade shelters without running water, electricity, heat, or sanitation. #yarlunggar #yachen #garze #kham
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Yarchen Gar Monastery, home to an estimated 10,000 Tibetan nuns. At over 4000 meters, the weather can get bitterly cold and tents and only crudely constructed huts provide shelter. Electricity, sanitation, running water and food supply are also limited. Despite the harsh living conditions devotees continue to come to stay and study Tibetan Buddhism. This is the largest community of nuns  in the world. #yarchen #yaqing #yarchengar #tibetans #garze
155 22,237 1 weeks ago
Yarchen gar monastery, home to an estimated 10,000 tibetan nuns. at over 4000 meters, the weather can get bitterly cold and tents and only crudely constructed huts provide shelter. electricity, sanitation, running water and food supply are also limited. despite the harsh living conditions devotees continue to come to stay and study tibetan buddhism. this is the largest community of nuns in the world. #yarchen #yaqing #yarchengar #tibetans #garze
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Tibetan faithful, young and old, doing the Kora, the clockwise circumnavigation of a sacred site, spinning prayer wheels as they go. At least 3 times, but the more the merrier to add merit towards the afterlife. #kora #tibetan #kham #tibetanbuddhism
89 21,972 2 weeks ago
Tibetan faithful, young and old, doing the kora, the clockwise circumnavigation of a sacred site, spinning prayer wheels as they go. at least 3 times, but the more the merrier to add merit towards the afterlife. #kora #tibetan #kham #tibetanbuddhism
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Next up Tibet. Spending the next 2 weeks driving Kham or eastern Tibet, through Sichuan and Qinghai provinces with a talented group of photographers. Here in the Tagong grasslands it’s the season for Tibetan nomads to return home with their herds of yak, having spent the summer high up on the Tibetan Plateau. #tagong #grasslands #tibetanplateau #sichuan @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @thesilkroadjourney
105 21,175 2 weeks ago
Next up tibet. spending the next 2 weeks driving kham or eastern tibet, through sichuan and qinghai provinces with a talented group of photographers. here in the tagong grasslands it’s the season for tibetan nomads to return home with their herds of yak, having spent the summer high up on the tibetan plateau. #tagong #grasslands #tibetanplateau #sichuan @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @thesilkroadjourney
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Tianzi Mountains - some of the 3000 sandstone towers that make up Zhangjiajie, rated the #1  National Park in China. Designated #worldheritage site in 1992. Beware the crowds, this beloved landscape gets over 4 million visitors a year. #zhangjiajie #Hunan #chineselandscape #tianzimountains @thesilkroadjourney @natgeofineart @thephotosociety
195 38,726 2 weeks ago
Tianzi mountains - some of the 3000 sandstone towers that make up zhangjiajie, rated the #1 national park in china. designated #worldheritage site in 1992. beware the crowds, this beloved landscape gets over 4 million visitors a year. #zhangjiajie #hunan #chineselandscape #tianzimountains @thesilkroadjourney @natgeofineart @thephotosociety
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Tianzi Mountains, Zhangjiajie - the otherworldly cliffs of Zhangjiajie were the real world inspiration for the floating Hallelujah Mountains of Pandora in James Cameron's film 'Avatar'. Sandstone pillars shrouded much of the time in mist make this the classical landscape painting. Some of these pillars rise up to 500 meters, averaging 300 to 400 meters, and numbering in the thousands. Zhangjiajie was China’s first designated National Park, established in 1982. Our luck still holds, second day of rain makes for good pictures. #worldheritagesite #wulingyuan #zhangjiajie #hunan @thesilkroadjourney @natgeocreative @natgeofineart
361 62,025 3 weeks ago
Tianzi mountains, zhangjiajie - the otherworldly cliffs of zhangjiajie were the real world inspiration for the floating hallelujah mountains of pandora in james cameron's film 'avatar'. sandstone pillars shrouded much of the time in mist make this the classical landscape painting. some of these pillars rise up to 500 meters, averaging 300 to 400 meters, and numbering in the thousands. zhangjiajie was china’s first designated national park, established in 1982. our luck still holds, second day of rain makes for good pictures. #worldheritagesite #wulingyuan #zhangjiajie #hunan @thesilkroadjourney @natgeocreative @natgeofineart
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Tianzi Mountains, Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, photographed from the top at magic hour, 30 minutes after sunset. Reflected light from the darkening sky, floats sandstone pillars in a sea of blue mist. #tianzimountains #zhangjiajie #wulingyuan #chineselandscape @thesilkroadjourney
254 37,895 3 weeks ago
Tianzi mountains, zhangjiajie national forest park, photographed from the top at magic hour, 30 minutes after sunset. reflected light from the darkening sky, floats sandstone pillars in a sea of blue mist. #tianzimountains #zhangjiajie #wulingyuan #chineselandscape @thesilkroadjourney
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Tianzi Mountains, Zhangjiajie. Prayers answered - the rains came and brought in the fog but not an easy shoot. After long waits, clouds part revealing the landscape. Photographers luck. Let it rain! #wulingyuan #chineselandscape #zhangjiaji #AvatarMountains @natgeofineart @thesilkroadjourney
538 69,284 3 weeks ago
Tianzi mountains, zhangjiajie. prayers answered - the rains came and brought in the fog but not an easy shoot. after long waits, clouds part revealing the landscape. photographers luck. let it rain! #wulingyuan #chineselandscape #zhangjiaji #avatarmountains @natgeofineart @thesilkroadjourney