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Travel Blogs from Tsetang
D04: Lhasa to Tsetang. Visited Yumbu Lakang, Tibetan Kings Tombs & Yarlung Valley
D05: Tsetang - Visited Samye Monastery
... plethora of symbols and statues that populate a monastery.
Yumbulagang, as the pictures show, wouldn't be out of place on a hill in Europe. It resembles a medieval castle but this is the site of Tibet's oldest building. Unfortunately the original structure is long gone and most of today's building dates from the 1980's. It is however a stunning setting with great views surrounded by prayer flags.
A 2 hour bus journey to the pier and then a wonderous hour boat journey across the river to visit the monastery at Samye - the first place that Buddhism was brought to Tibet. The hotel was literally nothing like I expected - we were anticipating communal sleeping cots, scratchy blankets and cold water. Infact the monastery hotel was wonderful (despite the soaking wet pillowcases on my bed!)
... to the altitude but at least it is only 3600m. The monastery was built in 8th century by the Lotus Budda and today there 500 monks there
Gwen gets a special blessing to her beads, bracelets and other memorabilia she has purchased and I made a small donation to the Budda of longevity and before leaving the monastery Gwen did a circuit of one of the lines of prayer wheels (see video).
At the ...
... top we returned to Tsetang for for a couple of hours rest then lunch at a local restaurant where their fried rice was the best ever.
The second last visit of the day was visit to Yumbu Temple built on the top of a rather high hill as there were too many steps for Gwen and I decided to enlist the help of a couple of ponies both up and down for the princely sum of Aus $16 or 80 yuan Chinese. We quite enjoyed the ride ...