Monday, September 05, 2016

Gomar Monastery

Gomar Monastery (Gomar Gompa) is a 400-year-old Tibetan monastery in Qinghai in western China.

Gomar Monastery, Qinghai, China.

The chörten (stupa), located outside the monastery walls is a modern affair, dating from the 1980's and can be climbed.

Gomar Monastery, Qinghai, China.

Gomar Monastery is about 1km from Wutun Monastery in the monastic town of Tongren.

Gomar Monastery, Tongren, Qinghai, China.

The walled monastery has a number of different buildings and is home to over 100 monks. Buddhist paintings, gargoyles and the serene, curving temple roofs are the main sights.

Opening hours at the monastery are 8am-6pm. Women may be denied access at certain times.

Gomar Monastery, Tongen, Qinghai, China.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Zhangjiajie Skywalk

China's skywalks have been in the news recently. These mega-expensive, architectural wonders are a symbol of the new, confident China. However, the skywalk at Yuntaishan in Hunan Province hit the headlines when the surface panels of glass cracked, leading to frightening scenes for the tourists walking along it at the time.

Zhangjiajie Skywalk, Hunan, China.


China is home to the highest and longest glass skywalk in the world, also in Hunan. Zhangjiajie skywalk, designed by Israeli architect Haim Dotan, spans a 430-metre gap between two cliffs in Zhangjiajie National Park in Hunan. It is 300m above the ground.

The Zhangjiajie skywalk, which can carry up to 800 people, doubles up as a runway for fashion shows. For those seeking even more of a thrill, the bridge also lays claim to the world's highest bungee jump.