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Today we visited Potala Palace, the home of the Dalai Lama - if he was not in exile in India. It is incredibly impressive. However, you cannot take pictures inside of temples so all we have are pics of the outside & some courtyard areas. Yet another time in my life that I wished I could at least do a decent sketch!
... back at the Potala. This monastery was destroyed during the Cultural Revolution, and today a large antenna stands on top of the hill. This sacred hill also used to house a medical facility, which has now been relocated to another portion of the city. These areas were purposely desecrated during the cultural revolution.
After our tour of Potala, we went to lunch at a local Tibetan restaurant, and confirmed our suspicion that Tibetan ...
... subsequent treaty would secure Tibet’s independence until China took control in the late nineteenth century. Following the fall of the Qing dynasty in 1911 Tibet became independent until 1950 when China invaded. Chinese history calls it ‘liberation’ from feudal slavery and lays claim to modernising the country which in many respects is true.
For a minute it looked like the bus wouldn't start - maybe this is where we'd walk!!! - it took 6 attempts to fire it up and flooded the hotel reception with black smoke. We had a long - 255KM - drive ahead of us to Lhasa, our final destination in Tibet.
On the way we stopped at a hydro electric power station and the turquoise lake - breathtaking scenery
Lunch was an all you can eat buffet for 30yuan, that should have got someone excited although ...
... are teenagers and some have come thousands of miles to reach this sacred place, the way they express their piety is awe inspiring. Running off Bakhor Street are many narrow alleyways which makes the whole area like a maze….need less to say those of us who are geographically challenged found ourselves walking a lot further than we really had to but the atmosphere is such that you don’t really mind as you never know what you might find around the next ...