Almost two and a half miles high, the Tibetan town of Gyantse is set in a crescent of hills rising from the Nyang River valley. These peaks are spiked with the jagged teeth of the 14th century wall that surrounds the city’s Pelkhor Monastery. The old parts of the town near the wall have retained much of their original appearance. Gyantse’s best-known monument is the 15th century Kumbum, a fabled shrine and place of Tibetan Buddhist pilgrimage.
PUBLISHED: May 1, 2014