Min Tai Hotel
Travel Blogs from Lhasa
... ish smell of the butter lamps and the thyme scented incense burning in all the chapels. It turns out that the yak butter is not only used for the Monastery candles, food and the monks' butter tea, but also to make beautiful sculptures. After a few days, I think we too took on the scent of yak butter and thyme, which lingers in the air all over Tibet.
The following day the jeep took us further to the city of Xigatse, the second largest city in Tibet, after Lhasa. ...
... this view point someone discovered a
problem with their bike and so it was time for repairs. One of the suspension
units had come apart and needed put back together. While all that went on I
decided to wander around the area and explore whatever I could
From here on it was up yet another wonderful pass and
looking down at the waters below reminded me of Loch Ness. It was simply just
stunning scenery to say the least. We could see the road winding its way ...
... 12 and 14 hours travelling which is tiring in itself especially for Simon and Teresa. The other weird thing is that now we are near Tibet our movements are so closely monitored we are o n a time trial from place to place and if we arrive too early the truck is fined. Accordingly we have to drive at about 50km per hour everywhere to avoid fines and check in every 200 kilometres or so with our progress.
... leave with a passionate dislike for the Chinese Authorities and their heavy handedness along with Chinese mass tourism. I have met many wonderful individuals in China but a whole bus load of 50 or more is enough to cower even the heartiest traveler. And no I don’t care if I never visit here again. We have another two weeks to travel west and hopefully enjoy the hospitality of another group of minorities…..We’ll see if that experience changes my mind ...
... pilgrimage to Lhasa. They prostrate - literally throw themselves down in the road - and apparently do this every few steps all the way to Lhasa - 20 km or so. Unfortunately my knowledge of Buddhism is woefully lacking so i don't know if this is just a Tibetan Buddhist thing. All I do know is - someone's gonna get run over.
The road up to the monastery is one of the scariest roads I've encountered so far, and that is saying something. They have a ...