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Admission ticket to buy actual ticket!!!

Only 500 out of 5 billion people each day are allowed to visit the majestic potala palace in Lhasa. To be one of the lucky 500 you have to get up early in the morning to queue up behind the line in front of the gate of the ticket office. At 8am the gates open and you're allowed to form an orderly line in the waiting corridor which is almost blocked by all the benches there. When it's your turn you get a number written in Chinese on your arm and a time to return to pick up the tickets. I had to return at 11:40am and had number 9, I had a friendly Chinese translate that for me.

At 11:40 I queue up accoriding to my number in the waiting corridor in front of the ticket office and understand why the benches are there because you have to wait long before it's your turn.

The Potala Palace by night
I'm ready to pay for the ticket but again they will not accept my Yuans, what's wrong with my Yuan's, in stead I get a ticket that allows me to buy the actual ticket the next morning at 10:40am. That must be one of the most inefficient procedures I have ever encountered to buy a ticket. At least it keeps some Tibetians at work.

The next morning at 10:40am they finally accept my Yuans for a ticket and I am in the Potala. Unfortunately you're not allowed to take any pictures or film. This is a pitty as you won't be able to see the magnificent rooms, shrines and tombs they have in the palace. Unlike all the other monestaries I have visited in Tibet you're not allowed to take a stroll and explore the palace. You'll have to follow a predefined route that takes you from one side of the palace to the other.

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Admission ticket to buy actual tic…
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The Potala Palace by night
The Potala Palace by night
Every day 8pm the light and water …
Every day 8pm the light and water…
Im in the Potala!!!
I'm in the Potala!!!
The entrance and from this point n…
The entrance and from this point …
Light and water show in front of P…
Light and water show in front of …
Le Tour Eifel in Lhasa
"Le Tour Eifel" in Lhasa
The walls are pretty steep and high
The walls are pretty steep and high
Pilgrims are everywhere
Pilgrims are everywhere
And like to take photos too
And like to take photo's too
Pilgrims entering the gate
Pilgrims entering the gate
The big red building
The big red building
Im in the Potala
I'm in the Potala
Lhasa
photo by: mountaingirl