Lhasa Phuntsok Khasang International Youth Hostel
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... told you that I have changed my plans to visit North Korea. I forgot to tell you that after a few days after annuling my trip, I received an email informing me that the President of N.K. had decided to close the borders of the country to all tourists in fear of the Ebola fever. So I couldn't have gone anyway. I am leaving China Sunday for another destination. I want you to guess what that destination is. A clew? I fly out of Beijing at 11::20am ...
(9 June Amdo // 10-12 June Lhasa)
Since our last update, we've travelled a further 1,140 kms to reach Lhasa. Our entry into Tibet was quite a process and shall be the subject of a future blog (once we've left the PRC).
Most of our journey has been along the Qinghai-Tibet highway, a highway that runs across ...
... again. When boarding the trains our permits were checked again.
The ride was 44 hours long and Dasha insisted on a first class sleeper. The compartment had four bunks and luckily for us, the tops remained empty for those two days and two nights and we used them for food storage. Yes, you pay more, but you get a much more comfortable ride. First of all, the compartment had a door that could be closed for privacy. Second, the bunks were much wider ...
... hiding under one of these cloaks. Didnt notice him at first. Wasnt until he took the cloak off the top of his head that he became noticable.
Found that as people were making their way around the temple they were basically putting their heads or hands on most things considered holy and leaving gifts. This may have been in the form of money, milk, beer or butter for the large butter candles.
After wandering around a bit we headed out and up to the roof where ...
Driving through the Tibet countryside gives me a strange feeling of time travel. We are in a Toyota 4 Wheel Drive and our driver and guide in front wear western clothes but the scenery going past is from another time, another place. Tibetans work in the fields with, at best, horse or yak ploughs, and at worst, a hand plough. The earth is dry and looks unproductive and uncooperative but this is just because the snow has only just melted. In a few weeks crops will start ...