The Tibet Cang-Gyan Lhasa Hotel
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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! …
... of what I thaught, the Potala was not a Temple but the residence of the Dalaļ Lamas. We are allowed to visit only part of it ( thank God!), the residence as such and some chapels dedicated to Budha.
I am so glad to have come at this period of thenyear for this visit, because the whole tour has to be made in one hour 20 minutes during summer time, pushed by the crowd; it took me 3 hours. The escalation is really exhausting since we climb right up to the top. My guide ...
I don't even know where to begin with this amazing day...I journaled on the way up and really do not know if I have the energy to write it all down here. Right now I am in a 'hut' up at the roof of the world. We were at 7200 meters but are now at 4500. The hut is funky and cool...you will have to see pics. The view out my window is one of the mountain tops with prayer flags flying from the top, but I can't see ours from here. Each person in the group got a set of prayer flags and ...
... a few souvenirs - I'm getting into this haggling lark, I reckon we should have it at home. "No, sorry, I'm not paying £3.50 for this pint of Peroni, here's 2 quid, take it or leave it."
Also some experience of what it might be like to live the 'celebrity life'. Turns out Tibet doesn't get many 'white folk' - cue much pointing, shouting and requests for photos. But all done in a friendly way, well most of the time. Most people just stare open-mouthed.
Rather than walk back I saw a bus heading down the road I wanted to go down so decided to get on and save my legs. If the bus ended up turning down a side street I would just get off. Ended up getting off earlier than I had originally planned since I saw a market off to one side and thought I would take a look. Found the place had rows and rows of sellers with meat and veggies as well as a few other household products.
From here wandered back to the Potala Square and ...