Temple and shopping

Trip Start Aug 05, 2007
Trip End Oct 01, 2007

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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

This morning we visited one of the main temples in Lhasa. It is right in the middle of the old city. Its the one i mentioned on the first day... that you have to walk around clockwise. We spent about 2 hours walking around inside. It was also built in the 7th century. Most of the important buildings here were built in the 7th century by the 33rd king or the 17th Century by the 5th Dalai Lama. It was amazing to look at the wooden pillars inside that were carved and laid 1400 years ago. We went out onto the roof and the view was fantastic. We could see right over to the Potala Palace.

We also took a video of some people on top of a nearby building making the floor. The Tibetans dont actually use concrete to make their floors. They bring in a pile of dirt and rock and then pound it manually... no rollers or machinery. They get together in 2 or more groups depending on how big the ground is they have to lay. They each have a broomstick with a thick pad on the bottom. Then they stand in a line and start singing and pounding the ground with their feet and their stick. They take turns with teh other groups so while one group is pounding and singing the other group/s rest. They say the ground is just as hard as concrete.

The rest fo the afternoon we went shopping for final supplies for our 5 day trip.

 So no more entries now until we get back. We're heading up to 17,000 ft and then camping at 15,000 feet. We'll be gone for a total of 5 days and will be visiting a famous lake, various monasteries and nunnaries, the cave with the hermit who hasnt spoken in 20 years and having a bath in some hot springs. Should be great... cant wait to get out there.
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