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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 …
... 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 ...
... their own language. All signage is in both languages. The Tibetan alphabet looksvery similar to Arabic.
Our tour guide Tenchuong went into a monastery at age 11. He left the monastery about 5 years ago at around age 29. He has been a tour guide the last 5 yrs. His English is pretty good but a little weak in just conversation. He is obviously very intelligent & my perception is that his approach is so intellectual that everyday conversation doesn't ...
... in front of the huge wooden gates to the monestary. We were welcomed in by 2 really old smilie monks clad in their orange and red robes, both about 5 ft tall and looking at me and laughing, "they think you are a giant" Toodleoo informed me. Well cute.
Samye monastery is another Buddhist place of worship but very special in that a temple was first built there in the 8th century making it the first monastery in Tibet. The tour of the inside was a wonderful ...