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Litang: The Tibetan Far West of China

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I was traveling with a group of Chinese for the mountains of Yunnan and Sichuan when we arrived in Litang, a small town in the remote province of Sichuan. My Chinese friends disappeared in stampede and in principle I did not understand that unexpected reaction.

Litang is a Tibetan people in the interior of China and its inhabitants belong to the Khampa ethnic group. At 4000 meters high, the features and customs of its inhabitants remain Tibetan and have no sympathy for the Chinese of the ethnic Han, the majority throughout the country. The reason is not hard to find. Just take a look at the story. During the fifties of the last century the Litang region became one of the areas with the greatest Tibetan resistance during the battle of Chambdo - officially known as the Liberation of Tibet by the Chinese authorities.

During history, many Dalai Lamas have been born in this region and today the Buddhist monastery of Litang Chöde It houses more than a thousand monks and is recognized as one of the most important schools of Buddhism in China.

When you arrive in Litang it gives you the sensation of being in the far west, yes, Tibetan and where oxygen is scarce due to the height in which it is. Its population is not very accustomed to the arrival of tourists. They generally show respect and few speak English and will come to ask you things curious.

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