Yuanfeng Hebei Hotel
Travel Blogs from Lhasa
... a bottle of tomato sauce, then proceeds to smother his pie & transforms it into road kill,"Arhh that's better", he says. Typical Bevan (Australian equivalent of white trailer trash). We head back to the hotel & turn in for the night. It's the end of day 2 at altitude & just now starting to feel normal, I now can appreciate the effects on the body. We are at 3600m now, by the time we reach Advance Base Camp, we will be at 6400m - the reality is setting ...
We all were dreading the 300 meters (900 feet) ascend to the palace but it was very well worth it.
The Potala is a typical Tibetian architecture. The main buildings are the Red Palace and White Palace. The building branches are connected and built to catch the sunset. The whole structure dominates the city and brings hundreds of worshipers every day. It also houses magnificent works of art especially ...
... for Tibetan Pilgrims.
To see the whole complex in a single view, which is amazing, you climb on to the square of the Jokhang temple, from where you get the most amazing scenes of the temple. There are two big steles, both inscribed. One stands as testimony to the alliance between kings of Tibet and Tang, and the other is a walled enclosure in front of the temple which contains some willows called the Jowo Utra ('Hair of the Jowo') and an ...
... and grimier each car became, which began to worry me until I actually arrived at the dining car.
This car was the cleanest and most spacious of all the cars, and had clean tables and large windows through which to view the beautiful scenery. I took a seat at a table, suddenly remembering the original purpose of my quest to the dining car, which was to find an outlet plug. Just as luck would have it, there was an outlet plug under the table behind the one I was sitting ...
... that it was just tough, this was trip life, no tip would be forthcoming from me.
Our group was a diverse group which didn't really help. The maximum of 6 I was promised was actually 9 people, not an issue really until they decided we only needed 2 'comfy' landcruisers for the 12 people on our 4 days outta Lhasa.
On the tour were an English bloke from Newcastle and his Chinese wife who were totally unprepared for the cold ...
- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Fitness/Health center