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... for the Yellow Hat sect of Buddhists.
Lhasa is the administrative capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, and is the second most populous city on the Tibetan Plateau after Xining. Having an altitude of 3,490 meters (11,450 ft), it is no wonder Tibet is called the "roof of the world"--Lhasa is one of the highest cities in the world. The city contains a handful of culturally significant Tibetan Buddhist sites such as the Potala Palace (which I ...
... there, they seemed to come there often. They were just hanging out playing cards. In one of the echo corridors, people were singing--because then it would be heard in many halls. Some singing was pleasing...other's, I wished it would stop (kind of how most people feel about my singing). I actually took some pictures of the seniors; they were so engulfed in their games, it was great. Kind of reminded me of bear creek and the punjabi seniors.
... ruins ever saw when they were whole." Also, I was astonished that we were allowed to walk through them so freely. Many of the most famous ruins in other countries have elaborate security to restrict access to certain areas. I suppose they have so many ruins in China that they don't feel particularly obliged to try and keep people out of them.
So, this is where things took a bit of a comic turn. It's been pretty rainy here for the past week or so. ...
... is a very big market.
The Great Wall is a major tourist attraction, very popular with Chinese and foreign tourist. I met Li Yao going up sliding car to an entry level at the great wall. Many tourist are on the wall but most stop at the first tower and go back down. Li Yao and I went past this and I was told at the end there is another exit to the car park so I didn't have to back track. It was hot that day and there ...
... their culture - and all ages and classes do it together, without embarrassment or ego.
When not doing tourist stuff or just hanging out, Sheila and I are actively engaged in planning the next phase of our China journey. To this end, Sheila, the Journey Planner, scours the Lonely Planet relentlessly. Long ago, before we even left Norwich, she had flagged up the ancient city of Ping Yao as a possible first destination beyond Beijing - now we are on ...
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