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Stunning images of devout Tibetan Buddhist pilgrims in winter

Updated: Jan 19,2016 3:54 PM     chinadaily.com.cn

Hu Guoqing is an award-winning photographer and member of the China Photographers Association. His works, Passage of the Heart, capture pious Tibetan pilgrims on their journey to the holy mountain in December.

Tibetan Buddhist pilgrims walk through heavy snow.[Photo by Hu Guoqing/photoint.net]

Tibetan pilgrims kowtow on their journey to the holy mountain.[Photo by Hu Guoqing/photoint.net]

Nuns play with snow.[Photo by Hu Guoqing/photoint.net]

Pilgrims on their way to Lhasa, capital of Southwest China’s Tibet autonomous region.[Photo by Hu Guoqing/photoint.net]

The pious are dedicated despite the arduous journey.[Photo by Hu Guoqing/photoint.net]

A nun looks to the sky as if she prays for the gods to hear her pure heart.[Photo by Hu Guoqing/photoint.net]

Tibetan pilgrims are on their long journey.[Photo by Hu Guoqing/photoint.net]

Monks gather for the chanting of sutras.[Photo by Hu Guoqing/photoint.net]

A believer walks with a prayer wheel in her hand.[Photo by Hu Guoqing/photoint.net]

A devout pilgrim performs full-body prostration to pay homage.[Photo by Hu Guoqing/photoint.net]