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We arrived in Lhasa Tibet around 2:30 pm. We got ourselves settled in the hotel & started getting used to breathing much thinner air. Lhasa is around 11,000 ft above sea level. Our hotel, Gsng-Gyan Hotel is supposedly 4 star. We are not sure what star system China uses, it certainly does not line up with the system the rest of the world uses! …
... to meet my guide to do the pilgrim circuit at Jokhang Temple. My guide ends up being a no show and with the owner of my tour unable to locate him I set off again on my own. The temple is set in the center of Lhasa and if you visit in the morning you are likely to get swept up in the droves of devotees circling the complex saying their prayers. Originally built 1300 years ago to house a Buddha brought by the kings Nepalese wife the complex now ...
... others fainted. So when we planned this route, we instructed the agent to start taking us up gradually, so Lijiang was 2,400 metres (7,900 feet), Tacheng was 2,200 metres, although we went up to 2,600 metres, partly on foot, to see the monkeys and then Zhongdian/Shangri-La was between 3200 and 3400 metres which did not seem to bother us too much apart from tiredness and occasional breathlessness at night. Here in Lhasa, although the difference in height ...
... doctrine, stomping their feet if they were not right plus a hand signal.
there was a lot of stomping.
Then, we went to visit a home of a middle income family. They waited for us with a table full of snacks and butter tea (we drank it in Bhutan and was made of yack fat, salt and tea) an acquired taste, much better in Tibet).
They told us about the everyday life in Lhasa and how many ...
... far was very scenic, through vast barren plateau, not all that unlike the landscape we experience in Ladakh in Northern India, but the people and monasteries that we started to see in Xigatse is the experience that I have been waiting to find since we started our journeys last February. Forget white sand beaches and turquoise blue water, Tibet is the closest to my traveller’s paradise as I have found so far. We has visited many amazing places, but I feel that they ...