Ticket to ride?
Trip Start Sep 05, 2010
360Trip End Aug 21, 2011
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Where I stayed
Trichang Labrang Hotel, Lhasa, Tibet
Anyway, Norbu (guide) promised they would refund us so we set off with the words for ‘train station’ ‘Chengdu’ and the different kinds of seats available written in Chinese by a helpful member of our tour
We spent the next 2 hours wandering around trying to find the Lonely Planet recommended travel agents. Lhasa is fascinating, especially in the Old town, around the Jokarn Temple. Crowds were thick and markets sold everything under the sun. The only frustrating thing was that there were police and army everywhere so we couldn’t take any photos in case they confiscated the camera. After a lot of false starts as many agents had closed for the winter, we eventually found an lady who said she could get us the tickets for £30 additional commission each. With this option available we relaxed and spent the rest of the time verifying that she was telling the truth and nobody else could get tickets.
They couldn’t and we returned to her office at 3 and she got on the phone to her guy and we had the tickets in our hands at 6
After wandering around for a couple of hours we found another gorgeous restaurant overlooking the Potala Palace. San Jose Coffee Shop looked completely out of our league when we first got up there, but actually prices weren’t too bad and we had a scrumptious meal, relaxing on a sofa in our own private booth. The best bit was they had a remote control button to press when you wanted service. It played a really loud song and called the waitress over or ordered the bill for you. The staff patiently waited for us to stop giggling every time we did it – obviously used to crazy English people who don’t have such things in their country. Teriaki chicken, a pink lady cocktail and Lhasa beer made a delicious dinner and I only wish poor Mikey poo pants could have managed more than half a sandwich.