Langmusi Town
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Faith and Pilgrimage in Langmusi
Langmusi is a small town in the Amdo region of China’s Tibetan Plateau. The town, which rests at 3,345 meters above sea level, is bifurcated by the Sichuan and Gansu Province border. While Langmusi is best known for the vast grasslands that surround the town, Langmusi also represents a unique dialectic created by all of Langmusi’s opposing, yet coexisting, forces. The town is home to Buddhists and Muslims, Tibetans and Huizu, government-backed monasteries, Tibetan-back monasteries, the Chinese military, nomadic herders, Tibetans on pilgrimages, and a splash of foreign and Chinese tourists. Mix all of that among a population of less than 5,000, and there you have Langmusi. The main attraction in Langmusi is the surrounding natural beauty. Just a few kilometers outside of Langmusi lies an ocean of grasslands, which is home to thousands of yaks, sheep, and Tibetan nomads. Mountain bikes are also readily available in the town, which makes for a convenient day to a number of nearby attractions. From the town to Gahai Lake is about a 60km round-trip, which makes for a perfect somewhat leisurely day trip. Along the way, you may pass by Tibetans making their pilgrimage to the holy town of Lhasa in Tibet. To carry out their prayers, travelers take three steps, kneel, bow down to the ground until their bodies were flat on the ground, and then roll back up onto their feet, take three steps, and repeat. The journey takes three years and is a must for devout Tibetans.
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