Visit the Dege Printing House
Dege Printing House, 270 years old, built by the headman Queji Tudengzeren and his family. it’s an encyclopedia of Tibetan culture, the collection covers culture, geography, medicine, arts and all sects of Tibetan Buddhism, it has over 217,500.00 wooden printing plates,
it’s the biggest printing house in whole Tibet. now it’s under the protection of the Chinese government as a culture heritage site.
20 mins walk through the town of Dege to the Printing House, two and half hours visit the house, visit two temple halls on the ground floor to see the Buddhist images and the founder of the Printing House, go upstair to see the wooden printing plates storages and see the craftsmen printing the copies from the plates, two man work in each team to finish the work, if you are interested, you can buy some prints from the House as a gift. On the roof of the printing House, you can have a good view of the town Dege.There people walking around the Printing Houses the whole day, and it’s interesting to see that as well.
Visit Gengqing Monastery for a couple of houses to see the monastery and meet the lamas. Gengqing Monastery, a Sakaya Tibetan Buddhist sect Monastery, built in 1448 by the headman of the area, it’s the main Sakaya Monastery in the area, it has 7 small monasteries attached to it in the area. Unlike other monasteries, this monastery is managed by the family of headman for the power of religion and politics in the history, usually the first son of the headman to be in charge of the Monastery and the 2nd son to be the headman, if only one son in the family, he did both. Now, it’s changing
Dege 2 nights