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17
Feb
2004

The Sacred Mountains of Tibet Pilgrimages to Mt. Kailash and Sacred Khawakarpo

Wong How Man
Tuesday, 17 Feb 2004
Sports House

2/F Sports House, So Kong Po, Causeway Bay

Drinks 6.30 pm; Lecture 7.30 pm We are delighted to welcome Wong How Man to address the Royal Geographical Society again, on this occasion on Tibet. There are many sacred mountains in Tibet, among them the most important being Mts. Kailash and Khawakarpo. Wong How Man made pilgrimages to these two mountains in the auspicious years of the Horse in 2002 and of the Sheep in 2003 respectively. He also led an expedition to circumambulate Mt. Kailash in 2003 and directed a yearlong project at Mt. Khawakarpo during 2003. There are many sacred mountains throughout Tibet. Among them all, Mt. Kailash comes first, as Tibetans consider the mountain the centre of the universe, with its unique pagoda shape. Not only is it the most sacred of mountains for Tibetan Buddhists, it is also one of the holiest places for Hindus as well, being the home of Lord Shiva. The Year of the Horse is considered the most auspicious year for Mt. Kailash and up to 400,000 pilgrims travelled thousands of miles, mostly by land, from many countries, to circumambulate the mountain, as one circle around the mountain this year is worth 13 times that of other years. The trek is at an altitude of 4,800 metres to over 5,600 metres, and Wong How Man led his team there to observe the pilgrimage, and expeditions to the same area and Mt. Khawakarpo in the following year. In this lecture, Wong How Man describes how his team implemented innovative multidimensional research projects in a remote corner of the world. This lecture is a richlyillustrated talk on this and the results of these adventures, including a short film on Mt. Kailash at the end of the lecture. Wong How Man is Chairman of the China Research & Exploration Society. Calling him "China's most accomplished living explorer", Time Magazine honoured Wong How Man as one of their 25 Asian Heroes in 2002. In a career spanning thirty years of exploration in remote China, Wong is a veteran at the National Geographic, having led six major expeditions for the magazine. In 1985, he discovered a new source for the Yangtze River. In 1986, he founded the China Exploration & Research Society, which expanded his exploration work to conservation of China's natural and cultural heritage. He has authored many books and his work has been featured often on CNN, Discovery Channel, National Geographic Channel and many other media. Members and their guests are most welcome to attend this lecture, which is HK$50 for Members, HK$100 for Members' guests and HK$150 for others.

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