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... of Tibetan government as well as the home of its spiritual leader) and countless numbers of shrines and statues. And it was built to last - the walls are over 3m thick (10m at the lower levels), and they poured liquid copper into the foundations to prevent damage from earthquakes. Serious stuff. And it is absolutely mind-blowing. Every day, thousands of Tibetans come to pay their respects and pray quietly ...
... for the journey and headed back to Xining on the train. On the journey to Tibet we passed over the Tibetan plateau whilst we were asleep so we didn't get to see it but on this train we would pass over it in the day time. We had a Chinese boy and his Mum in our carriage and the boy, who had decided on an English name of Tony (it's very common for Chinese people to have a Chinese and English name), was extremely chatty! He was doing a masters in tourism and what he didn't know about ...
... off of the antique
murals, statues and tapestries and thangkhas (scroll paintings) the air
is thick with incense and anticipation as thousands of Tibetans pay
homage day and night.
The wide pedestrian street that wanders around the Jokhang temple is also souvenir central, crammed with stalls where vendors sell prayer shawls, silver jewelry, wall hangings and just about anything that screams "I've been to Tibet." It's a ...
... peanuts, and had an early night.
The next morning, we left the hotel at 10am. Beijing time is the order of the day in Tibet, despite its physical time zone difference, as such the sun only rises at 9am. We took a brisk walk to the Potala Palace.
The Palace was constructed in the 7th century by King Gampo and later established in the 17th century as the palace of the 5 and successive Dalai Lamas. In addition to being enormous, this palace was ...
... large metal kind of
watering can and then each bike had to be filled using that!! What a grand
Finally with all the bikes filled up we left and headed
off into the country. The first 50 or so km were rather boring. The road was
quite busy and was simply just full of farms and factories etc. Eventually we
were out into the true countryside and soon we found ourselves again climbing
higher and higher into the mountains.
The higher we got the ...