Yuanfeng Hebei Hotel
Travel Blogs from Lhasa
The day to set of on the 24hr train journey into Tibet had come. Having met up with the 3 other people I'd be sharing the trek with the day before, we were already acquainted. We'd met through a message board on the lonely planet website a couple of months earlier. It's not possible to simply get a visa and wonder around Tibet on your own, unless you are Chinese. All foreign visitors can only do so as part of an organised tour group ...
... to our hotel there is a mosque, where you could spot few Chinese soldiers on the top. The city centre and the market are really nice, even if police checkpoints (with x-rays scanners) surround it (lighters are not admitted). People (Chinese, Tibetan and very few westerners) look pretty calm though. We firstly visited the yellow sekt Drepung monastery, a bit higher on the hills and the ...
... we headed on the worlds greatest? perhaps longest decent from 5000m high to kathmandu 1300m it was 160km long. Passing a hardcore biker on the way up dan was slavering at the mouth!!!! passing through the Himalayas we put a prayer flag up and prayed for our safe journey round the world and good health for all our family! the lower we got the more lush it became until our tropical night destination of zhangmu a border town stuck on a the side of a very steep ...
... going in spent some time once again walking round the temple past the incence burners and prostrating themselves out the front of the temple entrance. Made our way in and found that no photos could be taken. Found that there were a lot of pilgrims walking clockwise around the inside of the temple visiting all of the chapels located around the outside walls of the temple.
Given the number of people we didnt go into any of the alcoves with people. Between the locals and ...
... by a woman mixing concrete in a hand turned mixer, and then we pass by an old wooden water wheel. It is certainly scenes from yesteryear. Tibetans live an austere simple life, but take great pride in their animals, dressing them up with flowing colourful ribbons. Tibetans are very devout to their Buddhism and prayer flags can be found everywhere, even strung in impossible looking places, like between two mountain peaks.
We visited another Monastery ...
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