This was our first foray into a predominantly Tibetan area. The best part of being in Xiahe was people watching. As usual we wished we had more time. It's just wonderful to sit near the monastery and just watch. The Tibetans are dressed in their cultural clothes and are so photogenic and beautiful. Some doesn't want their picture taken, others just loved to pose as soon as they see a camera lens pointed their way. I love them. It was still pretty chilly and they don't live in nicely heated houses. In fact they live in the most basic of housing and almost always wear their 'chuba' or cloak.