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Mysterious stones

Mani stones, often painted in white, red, or blue, are carved with Buddhist mantras. The Jiana mound, considered to be the world’s largest pile of Mani stones, is located in Xinzhai Village, which is six kilometers east of Jiegu, the capital of Yushu Prefecture in Qinghai Province.