The ruins of a Buddhist temple in Xiahe, Gansu / 甘肃夏河的寺庙遗址

This summer, I was trekking from Gansu to Qinghai province starting from Xiahe, a famous pelerinage city for Tibetan Buddhism. The trek started from the Labrang Monastery and went through the grasslands. It was a long distance of 67 km so I could not really take time to wonder around too far from the trail.

But only 30 minutes after I started walking, I noticed a very interesting ruined architecture high up in the mountain.

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The view from the trail, Xiahe Ruined Temple, July 2016

Even if it was very high to reach, I went up there around the yaks and I was not disappointed: that was a ruined Buddhist temple. It is just too bad a thunderstorm was coming so the light in my photos could have been even better.

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Climbing up to the temple, Xiahe Ruined Temple, July 2016
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Temple facade, Xiahe Ruined Temple, July 2016

The roof of the temple was gone but it was still used for religious purposes.

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Altar, Xiahe Ruined Temple, July 2016
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A religious photo in the window, Xiahe Ruined Temple, July 2016
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Burnt paper, Xiahe Ruined Temple, July 2016

Around the place, several young people were drawing the temple. But they were too far away from me and I could not ask them about the name, history or situation of the temple.

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Young locals drawing the temple, Xiahe Ruined Temple, July 2016

I will continue to gather information about the Xiahe area in order to find more details about this mysterious temple. In any case, its complete integration to the natural landscape conveys a nice perspective. You do not have to trek for three days to get there, just go through Labrang Monastery and follow the trail in the mountain.

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Holy mountain, Xiahe Ruined Temple, July 2016
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Last look at the temple, Xiahe Ruined Temple, July 2016

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