On the Road to My Hometown—Rebgong

Colorful fray flags as if they were saying welcome to Rebgong.
Colorful prayer flags by the road, as if they were welcoming everyone with smile and arms wide open.

My twenty-hour journey, flying from Chicago to Beijing, then to Siling (ཟི་ལིང, officially Xining, the capital of Qinghai province) was long but rather a smooth ride. After a couple of days in the city, my little brother Chudar, niece Yechun, and I traveled to my birthplace, Rebgong (རེབ་གོང, Tongren officially), also known as ‘The Rebgong Golden Valley’. Seeing these cultural expressions from the road made me feel at home again. A gorgeous day, cultural and art feast, accompanied by my favorite people, nothing gets better than that.

Rapeseed flowers in Tibet
A heavenly valley filled with rapeseed flowers.


Farmers' market by the road in Tibet
Farmers’ market by the road — a Tibetan girl helping me to select some apricots and plums.


Mani, Om Mani Padme Hum, the mantra (prayer) of Tibetan Buddhist
Mani, Om Mani Padme Hum, the mantra (prayer) of Tibetan Buddhist even stoned on the mountains.


 Yellow River starts on the Tibetan plateau
The famous Yellow River, which starts on the Tibetan plateau and flows deep into China-The Yellow River said to be the third-longest river in Asia, and the sixth-longest in the world. Learn more here. 


Tibetan art by the road.
Tibetan art painted by the road.


Tibetan Tangka paintings on the mountain rocks.
Tibetan Tangka paintings on the mountain cliffs.


After two-hour drive, I arrived my birthplace—Rebgong (Tongren officially).
After two hour-drive, I arrived my birthplace — Rebgong (Tongren, Huangnan officially).


I’m looking forward to the ‘Lerol’ celebration in my village in just two days.


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  1. Wow! Great to see the ingredients coming together for this feast! Congratulations!

  2. I, too, am excited for this trip. Thank you for joining me, Sherrie. I will make sure to share my travels with you.

  3. It’s wonderful to see you back home in Tibet and share these amazing photos! You’re actually making your dream a reality. I do miss our coffee breaks and conversations here in the US. I’m glad I can connect with you through your blog.

  4. Beautiful pictures! Not sure what I think about the paintings on the the mountain side. However, I really like the Yellow River picture, more natural. Thanks for sharing!

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