One of the pluses about living in the Sichuan province is the heavy Tibetan influence. We wandered through the Tibetan section of Chengdu many times. It was always a photographic gold mine.
We didn't make it to Tibet this year because our passports got hung up in Beijing, darn it. I was sorely disappointed because Tibet is tiptop on my list. Next year. Nepal as well. Perhaps it will be healed by then. Such a dramatic turn of events there.
I prefer to think of these shops as the Chinese Deseret Book--your one-stop shopping for all things Buddhist.
These colors are actually very soothing, don't you think?
Oh, if I had room in my suitcase. I can so see my mother or Aunt Norma or Aunt Dorothy lugging this thing home and making it the centerpiece of a Christmas dining table.
I have found the Tibetans to be absolutely beautiful, as evidenced by this striking young lady.
Worlds of mystery...
Among the three things we were instructed not to discuss in China that start with "T" is Tibet. It is politically charged. You don't see them in my pictures, but policemen abound in this neighborhood.