Xiong Bala Hotel
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... think a larger version of Box Hill, with less cars and NO ENGLISH SIGNS whatsoever. The majority of people there speak Mandarin and Jason failed Grade 5 Mandarin 3 times as a kid, so this was going to be interesting. Walking into a restaurant, actually walking anywhere, the locals immediately thought we were Chinese so would ALWAYS start their rapid Chinese talk as we stood with dumbfounded looks on our faces. We decided downloading a Mandarin App was going ...
Tibet is the highest region in the world with an average elevation of 4,900 meters above sea level. Although many people think of Tibet as being a country, it is actually an autonomous region of China (aka a province). Tibet is also an ethno-cultural region of China, making the situation blurry at best. But instead of boring you with a geopolitical situation (that I don't really understand), I’ll tell you about our short visit to the wonderful region. ...
... were only two groups of people who didn't follow this custom at the debate courtyard, the Americans and the Chinese, no surprise there. After the Sera monastery we returned to Lhasa and had our driver drop us off at the Potala palace so we could walk around it, in a clockwise direction of course. The palace used to house the Tibetan government up to 1949. We walked around the base at a leisurely pace spinning a few of the hundreds of prayer wheels along the way. ...
... off each other wonderfully like only very old friends can. The two of them reminded me of the two old guys on the balcony in the Muppets and it seemed wrong to separate them.
Having said goodbye to Jeff we had breakfast and headed out to visit Drepung Monastery on a hill just outside Lhasa. Jeff had gone off to the airport with Pavel, Stephen had taken the wandering round the city option and AJ was again away doing something on his own. So we were down on numbers and by now ...
... monastery itself was simply breaktaking, like a combination of temples here in Tibet and temples I've seen before in India. The most intricate, incredible colours and paintings and patterns topped off with a purely Indian style upper level with views across the valley (including the newly constructed massive army base, you're never far away I tell ya!!)
In the late afternoon a few of ...
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