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Perfect one in Tongren

We booked Tongren Holiday hotel, the lady raised price from Rb140 to RMB280 once see my husband is... read more

Reviewed 12 October 2014
Jxiaotang
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Kunming, China
Thangkha Buddhist Paintings

10 minutes drive from the town of Tongren is the Thankha Regong Art village between Wutunshang... read more

Reviewed 15 August 2014
AlexTung
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Chengdu, China
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Reviewed 13 October 2013

The Rebkong (Tongren) valley is renowned for its thangka painters, who can spend months or even years producing a single work of Tibetan Buddhist devotional art. The beautiful wall paintings in the Rongwo and Wutunsi monasteries are testament to their artistic skills. If visiting Tongren to see the Rongwo monastery, it's well worth setting aside some time to also visit the Wutunsi monasteries, which sit at either end of a small village a few kilometres north of Tongren itself. A taxi from Tongren should cost around RMB 20 one way. Be aware that it can be difficult to find a taxi heading back to Tongren with space to pick people up - worth agreeing a price with your taxi driver to come back and pick you up later at a prearranged time, or leaving yourself enough time for the walk back to Tongren.

The Wutunsi monasteries are known as the Upper (shang si) and Lower (xia si) monasteries, with the Upper monastery being the one closest to Tongren. We spent a very happy few hours looking round the temples and buildings at the Upper Monastery, with the very friendly monks insisting on giving us some of their lunch of rice and yak yoghurt. The Lower monastery seemed larger and was attracting more pilgrims when we visited, but looked to have been more recently renovated, with some of the newer structures looking rather gaudy. There is a fee of RMB 30 to enter each monastery. There are a number of small shops in the village offering thangkas for sale to tourists - worth visiting a few to get an idea of prices and watch the artists at work. A small mandala was around RMB 600 in the shops we visited with larger (A4 sized) pieces starting at around RMB 3000. These prices are not unreasonable considering the amount of time and skill that goes into creating these beautiful, intricate works of art.

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Reviewed 29 July 2012

I was invite to see young people who like to learn the skill of Than-Ka paintings,the master told me that it takes 10 years before you can mastering this skill and must be chosen,not many will have the patient to keep through, the hard way of life,without passion it is impossible to learn.The paintings are really amazing!Thanks to share me this treasure!

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Reviewed 12 August 2011
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