Buddhist monastery from afar

The Ganden Sumtseling Monastery, built in 1679, is the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Yunnan Province. It is sometimes referred to as the Little Potala Palace, since the monastery’s architecture resembles the Potala Palace in Lhasa.

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Michael Yamashita

Michael Yamashita is an award-winning photographer who has been shooting for National Geographic magazine for more than 30 years. He specialized in Asia after spending seven years in the region following his graduation from Wesleyan University.