National Geographic : 1930 Feb
THE NORTHEASTERN END OF LABRANG MONASTERY The religious community is surrounded by low, narrow sheds containing prayer wheels made of yak hide, gilded and painted with thesacred formula "Om mani padme hum." The lamasery houses nearly 5,000 monks (see, also, text, page 145). AT HIGH ALTITUDES THE CHINA-TIBET FRONTIER IS A COLD AND EMPTY COUNTRY Filing through Shawo Valley in the month of May, the author's yak caravan marched at an elevation of 11,500 feet. This point was reached sixdays west of Labrang, on the trip to Radja.