Local Life in the Rural Town of Benlao

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BenLao is a small border town in China sharing a border with Myanmar. It's a small remote village about 2 hours drive from Cangyuan.  The town is on the border so much that I can see the mountains of Myanmar, as a local pointed out at the first dinner I enjoyed there.  I take the mornings to eat breakfast, explore the weekly market, or do laundry in the hotel.  One morning,  I woke up and went to the local buddhist temple for a young boys initiation ceremony. They used local paper crafts and umbrellas were hanging from the ceiling to decorate the temple. One day, I went to the white stupa, which was really resplendent and beautiful with big white towers reaching into the clear blue sky. The temple resembled Myanmar temple construction with long spires and buddhas inside.

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