From Degin I went up the back roads of the Tibetan parts of Sichuan to lead my way to Chengdu. One major town on this route is Litang. Litang is a small town that doesn't offer too much in the way of excitement. Once a major stopping ground on the Ancient Tea-Horse Road, now it's just a small Tibetan town where many nomadic Tibetans come to buy and sell there products.
The town is also known for The Ganden Thubchen Choekhorling Monastery. The monastery was founded in 1580 by the third Dalai Lama Sonam Gyatso on the site of an older Bön-monastery. There are three main temples in the compound, of which two were currently under construction. Many famous and influential personal figures were born here, including the 7th Dalai Lama, 10th Dalai Lama, the most influential Zebutsundaba Lama of Mogonia, the 7th Gyamuyang Lama, the 7th, 8th and 9th Pabalha living Buddha of Chamdo monastery and the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Xianggen living buddha.
Litang had a park of sorts that was this giant Stupa surrounded by smaller ones and prayers wheels. At all times of the day numerous buddhists would be walking around it chanting their prayers (this is called a kora, or pilgrimage)