Thursday, January 20, 2005

Konkaling monastery, near Yading

Gongaling, originally uploaded by mutikonka1.

This amiable old man was at the Gongling [Konkaling] monastery near Yading Nature Reserve in Sichuan. Things have obviously changed a bit since Joseph Rock described the place as a refuge for the "scum of the outlaws".

"It is more than 20 years since outsiders have been privileged to make the pilgrimage around the [sacred peaks of Konkaling]. Should any outsider now venture into Konka land he would be robbed and then slain, after which the Konka outlaws would resume their own pious pilgrimage!"

I think this chap is really the travel writer Eric Newby, going undercover.

Eric Newby

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