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Silkroad D11: Shigatse to Lhasa Again..

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One of my few favourite photo shots of the road sceneries in Tibet

My journey to Gyantse was ruined entirely. In fact, today trip itinenary was to have an overnight stay in Gyantse before finally returning to Lhasa tomorrow.

However, due to heavy snowstorm that impeded the road travel, i have to forgo the further road ride. It was touted to be a very scenic road trip, and a very tortuous road travel as we have to travel up the mountain,i recalled. So there again, I've to return back Lhasa. I struck a deal with the tour guide to bring me to another place out of Lhasa, to be compensated for the missing miles here.

So i reached back Lhasa by noon time, and hop on to the famous Barkhor Street & Jokhang Temple. It was a wonderful late afternoon stroll. Jokhang Temple is a highly-regarded temple by the locals, and historically, it was built by the king to prepare for his marriage with Princess Wencheng!

Bakhor Street, where Jokhang Square  is also located,was bustling with life.

One of the few bus stands for long-journey buses traversing the cities in Tibet
Local pilgrims fall on the ground spread-eagled, prostrating themselves. Some have travelled on foot for months i have heard,though i could not identify with my naked eye. Their utter devotness to the religion is ineffable. I nearly moved to tears when I saw a mother and her toddler daughter making the pilgrimage around Jokhang Square.The spiritual learning being imparted in such a maternal way, is truely precious.

Street vendors were populated along the perimeter of the Jokhang square, with daily negotiations adding to the background buzz. You won't be surprised that most of the vendors are not local Tibetans, but Chinese immigrants from other China provinces as far as Guangzhou.  The one I spoke to came from Henan, and yes, they have already mastered local Tibetan language beautifully. Stall rentals were not cheap, and owners lamented of their poor business since 3-14 event, followed by recent economic crisis.

Jokhang Temple
Yes, huge potential drop of tourists, especially foreign tourists.  If you have read my previous journals, the current red-tapes implemented since 3-14 event has strongly impeded backpackers coming in. They were hoping the regulations would ease soon.  Hopefully .

Yes, i hoping to see the extended Qingzang Railway into Xigaze and beyond. Trust me, when that comes, all those expensive jeep travels that charged by kilometers will be history.

I shall wait patiently for that day to come. Hah.

That particular night after visiting Bakhor Street alleys, there was a local CCTV documentary show on Tibet Channel. Of pure coincidence, the show was telling of the history of Bakhor Street and how pilgrimage routes were derived subsequently after Jokhang Temple became the highlight.

Devoted pilgrim making its way around the Jokhang Square..omg
In fact, there were 3 major pilgrimage routes encircling Jokhang Temple where local devotees will use. The most interesting is that, one has to move in a clockwise direction.  

In fact, when i was there in the evening, what drew me to the pilgrimage route  was the common alignment of path direction people were heading. i was really curious and went in the anti-direction to check it out, but it was proven too difficult due to the huge crowds.  Ahh, only after watching the show did i truely learn it is part of the pilgrimage route. And it's the innermost route of Jokhang Temple still!



 

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Jokhang Temple
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Pilgrims showing their respect
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Front of Jokhang Temple
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One of the Bakhor street alleys
One of the Bakhor street alleys
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