Gang Gyan Lhasa Hotel
Travel Blogs from Lhasa
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! …
... street, until the Ramoche temple.
At the entrance there was a room where thousand of yak butter candles are kept: they are lighten up when someone dies or when the faithful ask for it, following an offer.
Inside, the temperature was so hight that we felt we were almost liquefy while all the flames were dancing at the rhythm of the murmurs coming from the temple.
Inside Ramoche there was a monk playing a big drum, hanging by the ceiling ...
... This represents the unity of all things and symbolizes Sakyamuni himself. On both sides of the passageway, paintings showing the building of the temple and renderings of the temple from the seventh century are adorned on the wall. The statue of Sakyamuni at age 12 sits in the middle of the hall. It has been gilded many times and decorated elaborately with jewels typical of Tibet, which probably is the most venerated statue in entire Tibet.
As if this ...
... this for a while, however it turned out I was in for a photo shoot followed by a tour through 200 odd photos on his phone showing his home land, some 30 minutes later I had regained my lap, classic.
Lhasa was surreal, as in the train ride, Ngaire and I
soaked up the clean, fresh air and beautiful surrounds, the scenery was
much like a LARGE scale South Island New Zealand, beautiful!!! The
Tibetan prier flags waved in the wind, people smiled ...
... him from ordering anything to gruesome, like brain. Scarily there were a lot of such seemingly unpalatable options on the menu.
It was a very interesting dinner. Thank god Lee was with us or we would have probably ended up poisoning ourselves. We wanted to take food out before it was properly cooked! Not so much a problem with Lotus root, which is really yummy in a water chestnut kind of way, but a big problem with the mushrooms Lee had ordered ...