Silkroad D11: Shigatse to Lhasa Again..
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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.
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.
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.
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!