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Lhasa

Breath-taking and Exotic

sunny 21 °C

Lhasa is out of this world. After several 4:30am starts we slept in til 8:00 am. Celina has jury rigged her sandals and has been walking for hours around the Bakhor market and the Jokhang Temple. We have had some wonderful experiences in exotic places around the world but nothing beats this. It literally takes your breathe away. The Tibetan Buddhist religion still exists as it has for more than 1300 years, the age of this most holy temple where incense burns continually and where thousands prostrate themselves in front of the temple - some after journeys lasting a year! We also visited a Buddhist Nunnery where the nuns pray continually to Buddha - chanting and chatting at the same time. They are happy for us to be there snapping away. We also visited the printing room where some of the nuns copy thousands of pages of holy scripture. We then had lunch at a local restaurant and visited the braille without Borders school which caters for 32 children with blindness and aged 6-15 years. Celina and Danielle our Tour Director are back at the market for an hour or so while I sneak some time to reply to emails and blog. Tomorrow hopefully we will have acclimated further and take on the Potala Palace. This immense Palace of over 1000 rooms consists of the religious Red palace and the more secular White Palace and is restricted to 1600 visors per day. More on this later.

A few pictures to catch up.

At the Great Wall

At the Great Wall


Sichuan Opera

Sichuan Opera


Pandamonium at Chengdu

Pandamonium at Chengdu


Pandamonium at Chengdu

Pandamonium at Chengdu

Posted by acudoc 00:13 Archived in China Tagged travel china group

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Great photos, Panda to cute.

Had massive storms here today.

by markrose03

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