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Morning Street of Lhasa
Days for Lhasa started late. In fact, my entire Tibet trips were pretty relaxing. Days started late and ended early. Most of my night time were spent in hotels meddling with my laptop or watching the local tv channels.

The day started at 9:30am for me. The guide has decided to cramp 2 days of my itinenary in Lhasa City into one, so that i can travel out.

Hightlights of the Day
1. Local Monastery in Downtown Lhasa

I've yet to know what is the name of this local monastery as it is not common with tourists. One of the few monastries that allow people to take photos inside the temple too.  It was this place which i first got acquaintance with the beggars within the temples.

It came as a surprise to me that local Tibetans here are very willing to donate to beggars.
One of Lhasa local monasteries,which are secluded from tourists
In fact, they respect beggars too. Sakyamuni was once a beggar by living, so we need to respect them too, I was told.  I was further told that there is an area where beggars dwell, and each year, there will be Tibetans who will specifically visit this area to distribute their wealth! What unselfish & magnanimous acts i thought!

And there are interesting people outside the temple who have stacks of 10-cent worth of dollar notes packed in piles of 10bucks. I didnt really know why such peculiar scene exist until when I made my round in the monastry. Local Tibetans were stuffing 10-cent or 1 dollar notes to statues,lamps, any locations they deemed holy.. 

Ah, and the same notes were also given to beggars who come begging to you, wishing you all sort of well-wishes, all for the pretext of donations.
Long Queue outside Sera Monastery on the first weekend of the New year
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2. Sera Monastery 色拉寺 ("Sera" means "wild rose garden" in Tibetan)

Sera Monastery sits at the foot of Hill Tatipu,north of Lhasa and is dedicated to the Gelugpa (Yellow Hat Sect), which is a branch of Tibetan Buddhism. As one of the basic schools of Tibetan Buddhism, the Sera monastery is also famous for monks' debates over Buddhist philosophy.
Sera Monastery is as prestigious as the Drepung and Ganden monasteries in Lhasa.

I guess i came Lhasa at a good time. It was the 1st weekend of the New Year.  Locals were making their weekend trips to local monasteries for their usual prayers. In Sera Monastery, I happen to catch up on my journey to the temple with my tour guide relatives, who happened to be there for their trip.
The best beef stewed with potato. Utterly delicious!
There was a very long queue, and after entering the monastery was I told that the locals in there had queued for 4 hours to get in! Goodness. Devoted-ness is a true sight here in Tibet.

3. First Tibetan Lunch

I guess my guide wanted to shove me off for the day as he was suggesting to me if I wanted to spend more time in monasteries, I could spend the rest of the day in Potala which i greatly accept. I wouldnt want him to tag along with me too in a rush of time. I just enjoy the stroll & taking photographs.

So before he left me off for Potala Palace, I had a very yummilious local lunch which he brought me to. Simple dishes that awed me. Stewed Potatoes & Beef, Tomato Eggs & Crispy Potatoes ! So now i know the best potato dishes are all in Tibet. One cannot go wrong ordering anything that has potato in it in Tibet.
I like this homely & warming feel. Tibetan family making their climb to the Potala Palace, together
And it costed 30rmb for the dishes. Cheap.

Also i was left abit speechless when I seen how the shoepolishers were getting by each day. They came and offered their service, which my tour guide took on. When we were done with our food, the shoe polishers approached us if we still want our leftovers. So they were delighted to continue on our leftovers. And they made the lunch for them too. A bit of sour feeling when i seen that.

And how humble they are to earn their livings. They don't beg for money and they scrimped to make a living themselves.

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From opposite the open plaza of Potala Palace
Alright, i guess Potala Palace truly deserved a journal entry by itself for the numerous shots that i've taken in Potala Palace and nearby.

4. Potala Palace 布达拉宫

Potala housed a school for religious training of monks and administrators; and it is one of Tibet's major pilgrimage destinations because of the tombs of past Dalai Lamas. It was built for Princess Wencheng from Tang Dynasty by the king, and it was the first palace to be built. In fact, the bestow of marriage of Princess Wencheng also shows the strong harmony between Tibet & Tang Dynasty.

Everyone who comes to Tibet will never miss Potala Palace, also an UNESCO site. I spent the remaining half the day strolling Potala Palace. As usual, military soldiers were seen at each corner of the temple watching guard.

I particular enjoyed the many cosy & warming views of crowds in families making their usual trips. It is that holy and touching. It shows me how kinship & religion devotion are strongly regarded in their culture, an element which i feel has been deterioriating in modern urbaners.

Morning Street of Lhasa
Morning Street of Lhasa
One of Lhasa local monasteries,whi…
One of Lhasa local monasteries,wh…
Long Queue outside Sera Monastery …
Long Queue outside Sera Monastery…
The best beef stewed with potato. …
The best beef stewed with potato.…
I like this homely & warming feel.…
I like this homely & warming feel…
From opposite the open plaza of Po…
From opposite the open plaza of P…
Morning Street of Lhasa, somewhere…
Morning Street of Lhasa, somewher…
F.I.T advertistment
F.I.T advertistment
Downtown Lhasa monastery
Downtown Lhasa monastery
Inside the monastery
Inside the monastery
Stall just outside the monastry en…
Stall just outside the monastry e…
Check out the cartons of offerings
Check out the cartons of offerings
Sera Monastry
Sera Monastry
Inside Sera Monastry
Inside Sera Monastry
Sera Monastry
Sera Monastry
Sera Monastry
Sera Monastry
Sera Monastry
Sera Monastry
Sera Monastry
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Sera Monastry
Sera Monastry
Sera Monastry Main Hall
Sera Monastry Main Hall
Its a Saturday, where Tibetans co…
It's a Saturday, where Tibetans c…
Look at the throngs of people. Yes…
Look at the throngs of people. Ye…
Sera Monastry
Sera Monastry
Sera Monastry
Sera Monastry
Sera Monastry
Sera Monastry
Sera Monastry
Sera Monastry
Sera Monastry
Sera Monastry
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Sera Monastry
Sera Monastry
Sera Monastry
Sera Monastry
Sera Monastry
Sera Monastry
Sera Monastry
Sera Monastry
Sera Monastry
Earning as a living as a shoe poli…
Earning as a living as a shoe pol…
My local lunch place by the road
My local lunch place by the road
Potala Palace - From Right
Potala Palace - From Right
Potala Palace - From Left
Potala Palace - From Left
Local folks
Local folks
Local folks
Local folks
Entering Potala Palace gate
Entering Potala Palace gate
Chanting wheel plays a significant…
Chanting wheel plays a significan…
Potala Palace & its UNESCO inscrip…
Potala Palace & its UNESCO inscri…
Its a pretty tiring climb in fact…
It's a pretty tiring climb in fac…
Taking a rest from the break
Taking a rest from the break
Potala Palace Ticket
Potala Palace Ticket
Tibetan child is always that adora…
Tibetan child is always that ador…
The Red Tower
The Red Tower
City View from atop of Potala Pala…
City View from atop of Potala Pal…
Lovely
Lovely
The flight of stairs down...
The flight of stairs down...
Potala Palace while coming down
Potala Palace while coming down
The Tibetan motorist license plates
The Tibetan motorist license plates
It was a bright afternoon
It was a bright afternoon
Tibetan families taking a view of …
Tibetan families taking a view of…
Romantic & holy i termed. How many…
Romantic & holy i termed. How man…
The bazaar street by the side of P…
The bazaar street by the side of …
Bulks of Butter
Bulks of Butter
Check out the cow..
Check out the cow..
A local stall owner
A local stall owner
Running through the time wheels
Running through the time wheels
The stupas besides the Potala Pala…
The stupas besides the Potala Pal…
The Park just besides Potala Palace
The Park just besides Potala Palace
Devoted Tibetans
Devoted Tibetans
Tibet Broadcast Station
Tibet Broadcast Station
Went past this porridge place whic…
Went past this porridge place whi…
Cows still moving in herd on moder…
Cows still moving in herd on mode…
3 soups in a hotpot? I havent trie…
3 soups in a hotpot? I havent tri…
The porridge. Its really is a sma…
The porridge. It's really is a sm…
Nearby of Barkor streets. The pres…
Nearby of Barkor streets. The pre…
Lhasa
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