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Guide (贵德) is a Tibetan town located south of Xining. It is near the origin of the three rivers (Yellow, Yangtze and Mekong). The area became part of Ming Dynasty China in 1370, and the city's earthen walls and buildings were built between 1375 and 1380.

We visited it in 2015 and found it a fascinating place. The major attraction here is the giant praying wheel. You can check out my other pictures from this location to get an idea of what that is.

In a classic case of Chinese development, though, virtually all of the old town centre (within the earthen walls) had been erazed, as the local government had ambitious plans to create a new "old" town in its place. No idea how it looks now, probably new-pretending-to-be-old...i.e. what most tourists (and tourist authorities) seem to prefer: looking old and tradtional but actually new, clean and well maintained.

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THIS PICTURE shows a happy man visiting the sights of Guide, taking time out with his group for a joyful moment of dance, relaxation and just enjoying being alive. Here's a lesson for us all...

"Life's what you make it
Celebrate it!"

(can't escape it)

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