Prayer wheel in golden light

Dukezong Prayer Wheel in Shangri-La - © Christopher Martin-6028

The Dukezong prayer wheel lies in the heart of Shangri-La’s old town and stands over 24 metres tall (80′) atop Guishan (which translates as Tortoise Mountain).  It is a small hill but along with this massive bronze Tibetan prayer wheel is adorned with two beautiful structures that are the main buildings of the Dukezong Temple.

Dukezong Prayer Wheel in Shangri-La - © Christopher Martin-6013
I arrived in Shangri-La earlier in the day and went exploring with a recently made photographer friend once unpacked.  We made our way to the old town, which is a siren’s call for most visitors to Shangri-La, and was charmed by the vibrant people and character buildings.  Jorge needed a coffee and that sounded like a great idea.  We retired to a second floor coffee shop which afforded a great view of the street and Guishan.  With great coffee soon in hand, the clouds offered us a gift by parting to the west. With the sun close to setting, the warm light glowed on the wheel and the temple.  The coffee was forgotten for a few minutes at that point in favour of photographing.  A great start to my visit to this most interesting of places.

Dukezong Prayer Wheel in Shangri-La - © Christopher Martin-6033

4 responses

  1. Amazing place! Must be a lot to choose from and a challenge to get a good viewpoint. You have captured these images well.

    September 17, 2015 at 8:57 am

  2. Anonymous

    The clouds parted for a reason and you captured that moment. What a way to begin your exploration of such a beautiful place.
    I know you’ll enjoy the experience and we look forward to the masterful and interpretive photos that you will be taking.
    Dad

    September 15, 2015 at 11:12 pm

  3. Judi Martin

    Thank you for sharing this special place on our earth

    Sent from my iPhone

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    September 15, 2015 at 11:05 pm

  4. Wow, the sunlight gives it a fantasy feel

    September 15, 2015 at 5:37 pm

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