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The Tibetans are beautiful people - they are friendly and happy and gentle. Also - very optimistic - often smiling
The little children would wave to us and practice saying "hello and goodbye." Their parents never discouraged this behavior . .
Many folks partially cover their faces. The women do this because it's a bit of a fashion statement and this also helps to keep moisture in. ...
... that we entered and finally we got to the main part of the monastery. At the main assembly hall the monks were chanting and for 20 Yuan (contribution to the monastery for taking photos) Rob took some great snaps of the monks. Because we had a long drive to Ganden by the time we stopped for lunch in a small town it was already 3pm! I ordered momos but they were massive so we all shared them. Momos are dumplings filled with yak meat and vegetables. ...
Traveling is all about the adventures... and there are always it's ups and downs... I certainly experienced them on this leg. I joined a tour for my first time... I'm not sure if I'll ever do one again based on the story I'm about to tell. Don't get me wrong, the first part of the trip was absolutely amazing... However, the latter half definitely left something to be desired. Ever since high school, I've had an interest in Buddhism. Tibetan Buddhism was especially ...
... Han Chinese can travel freely overseas (albeit after gaining permission to leave China), whilst Tibetans can rarely get a passport, and even within China travel can be difficult. Job-wise there is discrimination. Out in the countryside, the people are picturesque, but still poor and often illiterate, living by subsistence farming. By contrast the Han are educated, prosperous and huge importers of food. Of course these are the extremes and many Tibetans have good jobs ...
We headed to the international portion of the airport this morning, which is much more organized than the domestic terminal! Thankfully! We have speculated together on what we would find when we arrive in Lhasa, and Scot is betting that Lhasa will be clean, thoroughly Chinese, with "sterilized" viewing of the monasteries purporting to show the world that Tibet is free. We'll see…
As we fly in to Lhasa, the landscape is very similar to ...