Sichuan, the land of Kham

When you leave the plains you suddenly enter the Land of Kham, the kingdom of peace and tranquility
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The Photographic Tour

China, a far off land that has always fascinated the Western world, is a vast territory that hides mysterious places and monuments that attract tourists from all over the world. With its ancient culture embodies all the charm of the Far East and the taste of mystical lands such as Sichuan, a region of south-west which boasts a reputation as the green heart of Asia, a unique and wild place where you can discover a piece of a still authentic China.

Natural enchanted atmosphere, a continuous crescendo of color intensity: from the green hills rich in waterfalls and lakes where the pandas are hidden, to the endless grasslands of the Tibetan plateau dotted with tents of nomads who move with their yaks. When you leave the plains you suddenly enter the Land of Kham, the kingdom of peace and tranquility. Loads of monasteries surrounded by breathtaking views of the sacred peaks, magnificent and prohibited places where to seek your deepest soul, are just some of the mysteries to be discovered in this beautiful and remote area of our planet. 

When there is a goal, even the desert becomes the road
— Tibetan Proverb
 

The story of our tour

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Green Lands

The southern region of Sichuan is the greenest part of China: rice and teas plantations are very close to the city, surrounded by hills rich in bamboo forests where pandas live. A short distance from Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan, there is a valley of exceptional beauty attractions, rich in historical and natural beauties, that spreads through the mountains for more than thirty kilometers.

The Jiuzhaigou Valley, which includes the natural park of the same name, is known for its scenic views and its stunning landscapes. Waterfalls and lakes of rare beauty, crystal clear waters of intense blue are surrounded by lush green mountains that rise above coniferous forests. An incredible amount of natural wonders, an unspoilt area away from the hustle and smog of the city, are the ideal place to relax and enjoy the nature.

Nomadic Tribes

Heirs of a thousand-year-old tradition, the Tibetan people, after centuries of preserving old traditions and ancient life styles of their forebears, are likely to disappear because of modernization and environmental threats that can damage their economy.

Trying to keep up with modern culture, some are moving through barren lands with their whole communities, others trying to find their own identity within the political boundaries of the territory. They live as vagabonds with their tents, and with yaks from which they get all they need for living their life: such as wool, milk, meat, and excrements that they burn to keep themselves warm. Most of them have established themselves four thousand meters high, where breathing is difficult.

 

Buddhist Monks

Despite the Chinese invasion, their oppression, and their imposing of a culture very distant from the lifestyle of the monks, the tibetan buddhist are trying to hold on to the traditions handed down for centuries by their own forebears. Maybe it’s the meditation, or its mantras, or the mystery aura that encapsulate it, but tibetan buddhism is fascinating to anyone who has the luck to get in touch with it. This cult, considered by the public as the religion of peace, has acceptance of oneself, of one’s limits, of one’s fears and flaws as its main goals.

Focused and absorbed in their spiritual reality, they free their minds and they search for themselves and for internally awareness, reaching a kind of peace that they would not be able to find in the real world. Through meditation they approach and listen carefully to life from a different perspective. 

 

 
 

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