Jinjiang Inn (Lhasa Shanghai Plaza)
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... took a day trip to Drak Yerpa - a Buddhist monastery literally built
into the side of a mountain where the Dali Lama and Guru Rinpoche have stayed
at times. Rolling over a mountain pass with lovely views it was a nice first
trip for our group. Once at the monastery, Lobsang was in his element and told
us many fascinating details about the history of the place - and I thought the
Catholic church had a lot of rituals and saints - there is much to learn about Buddhism
... clothes are stitched, debts and quarrels are
resolved, intoxicants are drunk in the run-up to New Year’s Day. Homes are
decorated with flour paintings of the sun and moon, and small lamps are
illuminated in the houses at night.
The first few days of festivities are exclusively family affairs. Tibetan
people usually visit their friends and relatives to give them best wishes. In
the evening, everyone ...
... that we remained moving for long. We squeezed a toe into Tibet and there we were stopped and had to pause and wait, suspended in limbo for four long days, unmoving whilst the Customs officials debated fruitlessly the value of our vehicles and therefore how much money should be deposited for security.
Until we left Kathmandu time and life was spent not being a tourist with orphanage visits, school, hausfrau activities; and being a tourist ...
... guard came up and took the book off him and said something in Chinese (which I think was; it says Thailand you dummy). As he went bright red and she gave us our book back. Safely through the other side we said goodbye to the Nepalese guide and he said a man will follow us to give us our books. We met our Tibetan driver who helped us carry our bags up a hill to the jeep. A guy came up to us saying you want to change money? He was the 20th person to do so, so ...
... Chinese government ruled that Tibetan could no longer be taught in the schools, which caused riots. As we drove to my hotel, it does have the feel of an occupied country. On every corner are scores of military police standing there with machine guns to keep “order.”
On all trips to Lhasa, the first day is set aside for resting, due to the altitude. I’m thankful that the altitude made me only ...