Langmusi monastery 

Straddling the boarder between Gansu (North) and Sichuan (South) is Langmusi, an expanding and modernising Tibetan style village nestled among steep grassy meadows, evergreen forests of slender pine trees, crumbling stupa (praying paths) and snow-clad peaks. Langmusi is a delightful place surrounded by countless red and white monastery buildings, flapping prayer flags and the mesmerizing sound of monks chanting in twilight. 

The white dragon River divides the town in two parts: the Gansu part and the Sichuan part:

On the left is the Sichuan part, on the right is the Gansu part. 

Langmusi is a really calm, relaxed and eased spot, not comparable to the more vivid, sometimes chaotic lifestyle in big cities such as Xining or Lanzhou. It’s such a nice place to enjoy the quietness and peace, the slow pace lifestyle. Even though there are many tourists in this place, the village itself feels like time has stopped here, the houses are still very traditional, the food is not fancy at all and the people are very welcoming. An absolute lovely place, if you are tired of all the stress from traveling. 

In this small restaurant, run by Hui-People (ethnic minority), I met these lovely Tibetan ladies: daughter, mother, grandmother and grandmother’s best friend.

Only the young daughter, who was about my age, could speak fluent mandarin, the other ones only spoke Tibetan language. It was a nice lunch and I even got some hints where to go next, since I needed to cancel my trip to Jiuzhaigou due to the earthquake disaster. 

On the Sichuan side of the white dragon River, you find the Kerti Gompa, built in 1413, home to around 700 monks and composed of six Temples and colleges. 

On the other side of the river, you find the Serti Gompa, with golden and silver roofed halls, dated from 1748 

One kind of traditional (Tibetan) food in this region is the butter tea. The hot butter and the added tea taste exactly how you expect it… Doesn’t necessarily match my taste, but worth a try anyway! 

Further more, in this region it’s hard to find various rice dishes, and it will be more diverse and cheaper if you just stick to the local noodle dishes. The first photo shows a Tibetan small hot pot noodle dish, the second one is a Hui-people yak-meet dish. 

After eating so much and delicious food, you need to keep in shape, so I decided to go a little hiking in the Gansu side and it was worth the effort:

My next stop was Zöige in Sichuan Province. 

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