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Barkhor circuit in the early morning

Lhasa, for many Tibetans and Buddhists it is the holy city with the majestic Potala palace and the beautiful Jokhor temple and the Barkhor circuit but it could just be known as the city of love.

"I'll give you all I've got to give, if you say you love me too
 I may not have a lot to give but what I've got I give to you
 For I don't care too much for money, for money can't buy me love
 Can't buy me love, ev'rybody tells me so
 Can't buy me love, no, no, no, no" - The Beatles

Not only a Beatles song but also the title of an 80's popcorn movie starring Patrick Dempsey. Apparently both have never been to Tibet as love can be bought here. It's even not so expensive as you might think. In most cases a woman or girl approaches you and will tell you; "You giveh me oneh, I giveh you loveh" and no it is not oneh hundred but oneh Yuan.

Early birds are making their round around the Jokhor temple
I think oneh hundred will get you a whole lotta loveh perhaps even more, I never tried this. If you don't part with oneh of your precious Yuans they will start with persistent and resilient begging until you budge and giveh them oneh or eventually they will budge and starve you of their loveh.

Another tactic often used by little children is to wrap themselves around the "hostage victim" until the "hostage victim" decides to pay a small donation for the good cause or decides no longer be the "victim" and tries to shed off the little kid. I've seen it happen a lot with foreign tourists almost always in resulting that the "hostage victim" parts with some Yuans and runs like hell to get away. You could say that it is a human shield to get money from rich tourists.

Not only the constant begging is always present but also the odor of Yak mixed with urine, this gives Tibet a distinct odor character that is nowhere to found on the globe.

Drepung monestary - Prayer wheels
Yak is omnipresent in Tibetan culture you'll see Yak meat on the street, Yaks on the mountains, Yak on tourist T-shirts, Yak butter, Yak butter tea to drink and off course you'll smell Yak near any monastery or temple for it is used a plenty in every chapel.

The youth hostel we’ve checked into was pants so we decided to relocate to the Yak hotel. Sean and Claire were lucky as they got a room immediately while Connie and me were on the look for a decent place to stay all morning, in the end we ended up in the Yak hotel. Connie told me that Sean and Claire were looking for some partners to team up with to go on a three day tour. While I couldn’t find Martin in Lhasa and tours to Mt.

Drepung monestary - Monks like to spin wheels and he got a lot of spinning to do
Kailash were scarce and more importantly very expensive. Y15000 for the jeep and driver alone. Sean and Claire had already found two partners in Andy and Ellie-Ann but as everybody is on a budget I could squeeze myself in the trunk of the Toyota Landcruiser.

That afternoon I wanted to see the Drepung monastery and headed to the bus where I found Andy and Ellie-Ann, they also wanted to go to the Drepung monastery. The guidebook tells you that bus no 301 or 302 drops you off near the Drepung monastery. Yeah right, it was a good hour walk from the drop point to the monastery all the way up but we made it. When we were in one of the chapels we could hear some faint noises and chatter from a courtyard. Curious as we were we headed out of the chapel in search of the chatter. We saw some other tourist overhanging a wall looking down and decided that’s where we have to be to see it all. When we arrived we could see the monks in discussion meaning one is sitting and the others are slapping their hands to make their point or something. I thought they only did this in the Sera monastery.

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Barkhor circuit in the early morni…
Barkhor circuit in the early morn…
Early birds are making their round…
Early birds are making their roun…
Drepung monestary - Prayer wheels
Drepung monestary - Prayer wheels
Drepung monestary - Monks like to …
Drepung monestary - Monks like to…
Drepung monestary - windows
Drepung monestary - windows
Drepung monestary - Offerings or m…
Drepung monestary - Offerings or …
Drepung monestary - Entrance
Drepung monestary - Entrance
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Drepung monestary - Monks discussi…
Drepung monestary - Monks discuss…
Drepung monestary - The main praye…
Drepung monestary - The main pray…
Drepung monestary - main hall beau…
Drepung monestary - main hall bea…
Drepung monestary - main hall
Drepung monestary - main hall
Drepung monestary - Monks on their…
Drepung monestary - Monks on thei…
Drepung monestary - Looks whos in…
Drepung monestary - Looks who's i…
Drepung monestary
Drepung monestary
Drepung monestary
Drepung monestary
Drepung monestary - One mean looki…
Drepung monestary - One mean look…
Pilgrims in the Jokhor temple
Pilgrims in the Jokhor temple
Pilgrim in Jokhor temple spinning …
Pilgrim in Jokhor temple spinning…
Hey man I got a mini PPW
Hey man I got a mini PPW
Mountains enclose Lhasa
Mountains enclose Lhasa
The prayer on the ground before th…
The prayer on the ground before t…
I get dizzy looking at all the spi…
I get dizzy looking at all the sp…
Quite a crowd on the Barkhor square
Quite a crowd on the Barkhor square
Oh am I sick spinning my PPW
Oh am I sick spinning my PPW
Even at 3700m there are cyclos
Even at 3700m there are cyclos
Lhasa
photo by: mountaingirl