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Lhasa (3660m) to Gyantse (3990m) by jeep
Today a fourth jeep joined us which meant a change of driver and change of travelling companions for us all, but as everyone on the tour is so nice it doesn't matter who we travel with.
Firstly, I think it is time to introduce our drivers. They may be familiar to you because yes, we have …
... at Lhasa restaurant which was the first bad meal experience. We came before a group and they were served first, we didn't even get our tea! My order didn't come and we cancelled it as it already took so long! We just crossed the Karola pass at 5,020 metres high, with at the top the Karola glacier at 7,000 metres- what an awesome sight! In order to make a Chinese film here, they used explosives to get rid of part of the ...
... Stupa Kubum (presently being renovated we could only go to the fourth level) was erected in the pattern of the Multidoor stupa, on of the eight prototype stupas of Buddism. The Kubum is 32.4m high and includes 108 altars where a hundred thousand Buddist images are enshrined as statues and murals. We saw lots of the murals but not one hundred thousand as only part of the Kubum was open for ...
... tourists, ie one with Tibetan Mastiffs (pedigree ones) and you could pay to have your photo taken with one... Alicia paid and I took a sneaky photo, the dogs were huge! their feet were the size of my hand!
Gyantse at first sight is not an attractive town, although probably far more authentic than Lhasa when it comes to Tibetan cities. The main reason for coming to Gyantse is the Pelkhor Chode Monastery and the Gyantse Kumbum ("100,000 images ...