Tashi Choten Hotel
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... bring offers and praying. Inside the Jokhang, several chapels host the statues of the many Buddha that people pray for different needs. Sat in the corners, or managing people's offers, the red dressed monks gave to the place a touch of spirituality. The strong smell of incense enveloped us and the murmurs of the prayers echoing between the colorful walls of the temple, overstuffed with paintings and holy decorations. People was surprised at our sight, ...
... the monks and nuns having smart phones.
Finally we visited the famed Potala Palace. Although the palace was founded in 637, the modern palace was built in 1645 by the 5th Dalai Lama. Inside there are over 1,000 temples, many of them huge and with millions of dollars worth of gold in statues. Unfortunately, we were not allowed to take photos inside, but the statues were more impressive than anything we’ve ever seen in a museum! ...
... to the hotel for some rest. Our first couple of days have quite a bit of rest built in as we acclimatize to the altitude. For supper we ate at the hotel restaurant which was really good. I has yak chow mien. There is not much planned for the rest of the night. We have been told not to wonder around after dark so we'll get some rest as we have some walking around to do tomorrow when we start visiting monasteries. André and ...
... by or presence, they only served slightly chilled beer. So Stephen, Murray and me shared a large bottle (just enough for a small glass each), Annie and Belinda shared a can of coke which, bizarrely, came with shots glasses (enough for three tiny glasses each!), Jeff had a glass of hot water (a common thing to drink here) and AJ had nothing. The bill came to about a quid; I paid to avoid trying to separate that small a sum out. This bar was more funny than fun but we ...
... where a lot of the Tibetans live, shop and pray. The main square has Chinese police every 100 yards and there are snipers on the corner of all the buildings near the square. All the tourist locations had videos and microphones everywhere and when I asked some pertinent questions Dolkar told me that she was unable to answer these questions at that time.
The people seem to have accepted the current ...