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Little boxes on the hillside... home to 40,000 Buddhist monks around a Tibetan monastery - (14 Pics)

Reaching the picturesque hillside town is not an easy task, with the nearest large city, Chengdu, being located around 400 miles away.

Japanese photographer Shinya Itahana, 33, visited the Larung Gar Valley a number of times to capture the eye-catching town in both summer and winter

Little boxes on the hillside... home to 40,000 Buddhist monks: The stunning makeshift town that has sprung up around a Tibetan monastery

Japanese photographer Shinya Itahana, visited the Larung Gar Valley a number of times to capture the eye-catching town in both summer and winter

Tibet Mandala - Sand Painting

Tibetan monks making a Sand Mandala. As soon as it is complete, it is swept up, and poured into a nearby significant river. One of the teachings of the sand mandala is the concept of 'impermanence'.

Looking down to Labrang, one of the largest monasteries in the Amdo region.

Looking down to Labrang, one of the largest monasteries in the Amdo region.

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A nun stands near a view of the living quarters for students of the Seda Larung Wuming Tibetan Buddhist Institute in Ganzizhou, southwestern China’s Sichuan province, on October

Glimpsing Larung Gar Monastery from the highway to Serda.   About 20km from the town of Serda, Larung Gar Monastery is famous for the thousands of little red houses that cling to the hillsides up a steep valley.   Home to 40,000-50,000 monks and nuns, Larung Gar is the biggest Buddhist settlement in the world.

Glimpsing Larung Gar Monastery from the highway to Serda. About from the town of Serda, Larung Gar Monastery is famous for the thousands of little red houses that cling to the hillsides up a.

Tibetan Monastery - the highlight in Tibet trip.

Kailash will show you the most beautiful landscapes at Western Tibet.

The Spectacular Seda Monastery - The Atlantic

The Spectacular Seda Monastery

The Spectacular Seda Monastery - Nuns walk on a lane through monastic dormitories at the Serthar Wuming Buddhist Study Institute on November 2007

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Brooklyn-based photographer Colin Miller spent two and a half weeks travelling through remote parts of China’s Sichuan province documenting the mysterious

Der heilige Mount Kailash fasziniert seit jeher Besucher und Pilger aus aller Welt, lassen Sie sich von der Erhahbenheit des Berges verzaubern und lernen Sie die faszinierende Religion und Kultur Tibets kennen.

Der heilige Mount Kailash fasziniert seit jeher Besucher und Pilger aus aller Welt, lassen Sie sich von der Erhahbenheit des Berges verzaubern und lernen Sie die faszinierende Religion und Kultur Tibets kennen.

Tibet is located in the highest region of the world, which is why it is often referred to as the 'Roof of the World'.  #Tibet

Tibet is located in the highest region of the world, which is why it is often referred to as the 'Roof of the World'. #Tibet

Pelyul Monastery in the Kham region

Pelyul Monastery, located in the Kham region of western Sichuan. This monastery lies just off the Yangtze River and is a MUST see if you are in the area.

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