Four Points by Sheraton Lhasa
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Lhasa. The name of Tibet's spiritual and cultural capital had been enough to evoke images of a lush, heavenly city, filled with grandiose temples and monasteries emerging from a smoky haze of incense, against a backdrop of gently rising mountains, the foothills of the Himalaya. As our train rolled into Lhasa’s station, and our Chinese friends began lugging their rucksacks from above our seats, I saw none of that which I had imagined for so long. ...
... that was reccommended in Lonely Planet. We walked around Beijing for an hour and a half, until we realized that the restaurant probably did not exist anymore! Asking the Chinese people never helps either, because none of them speak English, and they will just nod and say yes to anything, and send you in the opposite direction!
All in all, I don't really like Beijing that much.. It is a big city with 8 million people, and a lot of pollution. It is a ...
... during our early morning visit to the Drepung Monastery on the opening day of the Yoghurt festival, when the 1000s of Tibetan pilgrims were unnecessarily held up and funnelled through a single narrow path resulting in a crushingly dangerous crowd of people invoking memories of the Hillsborough Tragedy of the 1980s. Most monks are not allowed to wear traditional robes, Mandarin- and NOT Tibetan Sanskrit must be taught ...
So after 44 hours by train I arrived in Lhasa. Before going to Tibet I had talked to my doctor in Chongqing about altitude sickness, as I suffered from it when I went to Jiu Zhai Gou in October, so this time I came preparred, with both traditional Tibetan medicine and Western medicine.
I started off with the Tibetan medicine, but after about a day on the train, I could feel that the effect I got from taking the pills were not ...