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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. ...
... to the Dalai Lama and the situation in Tibet. So, knowing I was going to be so close during my time in India, I felt a very strong desire to go. As I had planned very little of my trip before I departed, I was left to make arrangements for this tour while traveling. It proved to be a touch more difficult than I had anticipated, mainly because my bank kept declining my attempted credit card purchases, thinking they were fraudulent plane, train and online ...
... 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 ...
... Potala, but is certainly spectacular. Jokhang was much cleaner than Sera monastery, and also more closely watched (similar to Potala). Jokhang is surrounded by Bhokar Street, which circles the structure, and is also used by pilgrims for their sacred walks around the temple. In addition, there are many people in front of the temple, who repeatedly prostrate themselves on the ground, get up and do so again, and again, and again. These are ...