Random Lhasa

Trip Start Feb 24, 2006
Trip End Dec 31, 2007

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Friday, July 6, 2007

Today we just hung around Lhasa, choosing to explore the riverside area, some sidestreets, a smaller temple and finishing the day with a traditional show.  The riverside was nice and provided nice scenery and a glimpse of life off the tourist-beaten track in Lhasa.  Walking the streets, we strolled by yak shops, yak jerky shops, yak souvenier shops...yes, the yak is a very important part of everyday life over here!  Later, we found the small Ramoche temple where a feeding/offering was taking place with hundreds of believers/pilgrims were gathered around the temple entrance while maroon-shrouded mnks were handing out some type of offering that would best be described as looking like dry American dogfood.  But they seemed to enjoy it and the mix of people was pretty interesting.  That night we cought a "traditional" cultural show.  In case it wasn't apparent, my use of quotation marks around the word traditional is meant to be sarcastic, as this terrible show was anything but traditional, employing mostly Chinese performers rather than Tibetan ones.  It was possibly the worst performance/show that I have ever seen, as was evident by the reaction from the only foreigners there, my group of 2 and a larger group of about 15, who decided they couldn't take anymore and left smack in the middle of the show!  It was pretty funny as many of the Chinese in attendance were clueless as to why they were leaving in the middle of the show - different tastes for different cultures I guess.  But, being that the show had obviously been specifically tailored for large Chinese tour groups I guess it's not too surprising...the funniest part was that many locals swore to us that it was the best show in Lhasa -- wow, I'd hate to see the worst then!

Anyways, after leaving a bit early from the show, we ran into Ian, Mark and Peter and joined them for the rest of the evening.  As for tomorrow, Enon will go on some Chinese-only tour and I will head to the mystical mountain monastery of Ganden!
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