Travel Blogs from Lhasa
... guide would definitely be giving us much more information. And his failings were highlighted further as the night just got better and better...
The aforementioned monument opposite the palace has a paved area about 100m x 100m in front of it and as we arrived some gentle, familiar Chinese music started up; familiar in that it's the backing track to all things Chinese on telly, rather than familiar because we have suddenly become Chinese music aficionados! More importantly ...
... built in 1645 under orders from the 5th Dalai Lama, and the Red Palace completed in 1693.
The constant bustle, gaudy paraphernalia of worship, flickering butter lamps and wreaths of heady incense make the Jokhang Temple one of Tibet's most memorable experiences. The Jokhang was founded in AD 639 to house an image of the Buddha bought as dowry by the Nepali Princess Bhrikati ...
... I found that the lake was Qinghai Lake (Blue Sea in Tibetan and Mongolian). Seems that this is the inland saltwater lake in China. Also within this lake can be found 5 islands. Another interesting fact that was anounces was that lots of migrating birds visit the lake in summer and that these birds included sea gulls. Never new that sea gulls migrated but i guess it would make sense to do so before it starts snowing
As for food on the train had already learnt about hot water ...
... shouting out when they were coming up so the rest of us could hang out the window and try and get a picture as we drove by.
Ironically Rob and I had a Yak burger for lunch.
We also had a stop by the Kharola Glacier to take photos. It was my first ever glacier funnily enough and looked like a thick sheet of ice creeping down the mountain, which I guess is what a glacier is, I understand though this might be one of those that is retreating up ...
After a very long journey I eventually made it to Kathmandu. I have to say it was so nice to be back, I think it was about 1999 that I was last there, I spent five days enjoying the warm sunshine 25-30C, so nice after the Caucasus. And also the fantastic food, I made sure I got my spinach intake up again. I also did a few of the sights, Durbar Sq, Swayhambhu, Boudha, all these sights you now have to pay to go to but it is for the upkeep of the buildings. ...
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