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Travel Blogs from Lhasa
... these being the Barkhor Bazaar, the Jokhang Temple and the exquisite Potala Palace. The beauty of Potala Palace alone makes up for whatever it is that the city is lacking.
So we spent our first afternoon and evening in Lhasa adjusting to the change in altitude and the disturbing drop in temperature. We paid a visit to one of the many street stalls and stocked up on some Chinese confectionary (White Rabbit sweets and bad Oreo imitations) and Dad's staple ...
... br> these kind of roads and would certainly handle better than these old
Finally after a few photo stops along this wonderful
route its time to pull over at a view point right on a high cliff edge above the
wonderful waters of a lovely blue/green lake. We were now surrounded by massive
mountains peering down on us above this wonderful lake. Looking forward we could
see the road hugging the cliffs above the lake. Somehow it almost felt like i
was back ...
... their apartments.
She has two burners to cook with, a small fridge and sink.They also do take away meals. The orders come in via the telephone. Namdon always takes the calls and seems to commit the order to memory. She cooks from 10 in the morning until 10 at night. Lumbum does the running -buying ingredients, delivering the outside orders and collecting the plates etc. (nothing is in takeaway boxes). Their daughter seemed content to wander around clutching ...
... used up 15 copies of our paperwork (permits etc)!!
Back at the hotel in Lhasa I started to sort out the next leg of our journey. Rather than take the Southern Silk Route by bus we would hook up to the Northern Route via Lanzhou, Turpan and then down to Kashgar. This meant we could travel by rail for most of the journey and hopefully not be troubled by the landslides that were so common at this time of year. Then there was banking, souvenir shopping ...
... well with all the group and had a great time travelling with them. He had brought his hurling sticks with him and is making a video of ball-tricks around the world (Gizzy, post the link when its done if you read this!)
The train ride was spectacular and passed surprisingly quickly; the change in scenery was dramatic and spectacular as we left China's urban sprawls to the wide open arid countryside of Tibet where the only life-form for ...