Wedged in at the convergence of several deep valleys lay Dêgê, site of centuries of book printing, theological study and intrigue, far from Lhasa yet exerting considerable theocratic dominance in the Buddhist world. The road from the east wound through lines of poplars; meandering in pleasant shade beside the river, it passed in front of dozens of newly-built, magically painted and ornately carved houses on the northern slope of the mountain rising directly from the road. New carpets for sale were hanging from the balconies. Some were attractive to the Westerner’s eye, but most were made with wool dyed in fluorescent colours, garishly matching the underwear that many Chinese wore beneath their drab outer garments.
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