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Jiaju Tibetan village | China | Asia

[Visited: September 2006]

We had departed from Chengdu that morning. After a very long drive, the last hours of which in total darkness, with people sitting on the road, cows walking by, dogs running away from our headlights, and the driver occasionally being surprised by yet another stretch of badly paved road, the driver stopped our jeep, switched off the lights, and we were engulfed by darkness. A light drizzle was trying to soak us slowly while we took out our stuff from the trunk, and we walked down a slippery path with just the scarce light of small torches.

Picture of Jiaju Tibetan village (China): Tibetan village of Jiaju under a relentless rain

When we stepped through the door of a Tibetan guesthouse, we entered a small, well-lit courtyard. We were surprised by the brightly coloured wooden panels and doors, with rich decorations all around us. The arduous trip was quickly forgotten as we installed ourselves in our rooms. We were sleeping on typical Tibetan benches in equally colourful rooms, had a tasty Tibetan supper, and slept on the rather hard benches. The next morning, we unfortunately woke up under a grey sky from which rain did not stop pouring down. We said goodbye to our hospitable host family and explored the village while walking down the hills.

Picture of Jiaju Tibetan village (China): Red peppers hanging under the roof of a richly decorated window

The first thing we noticed was the typically shaped roofs of the houses, with white horns at each corner, the flat roofs, and the hanging toilets, which are basically balconies with a hole in them and an enclosed dung collection pit below. Richly decorated houses everywhere, we could just imagine how dazzling this would look on a sunny day. Further up the mountain, we saw towers sticking through the fog as a humanly defined landscape. The Tibetan woman who had guided us down the mountain wished us a safe journey and we embarked our jeeps again, to move further into Tibetan territory.

Picture of Jiaju Tibetan village (China): Typical Tibetan house in Jiaju village
Picture of Jiaju Tibetan village (China): Fog rolling over the mountain of Jiaju village
Picture of Jiaju Tibetan village (China): View from a roof in Jiaju, typical Tibetan village
Picture of Jiaju Tibetan village (China): Richly decorated ceiling of Tibetan house in Jiaju village
Picture of Jiaju Tibetan village (China): Brightly coloured and intricately decorated Tibetan house
Picture of Jiaju Tibetan village (China): Detail of door in Tibetan village of Jiaju
Picture of Jiaju Tibetan village (China): Tibetan house and watchtower seen from a distance in Jiaju

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