Tibet was a dream come true. For a long time we wanted to go there. We had to prospone the trip last year because Eric broke his collarbone. But this year we finally went to Tibet!!
We started the trip in China, in Beijing. Because we were here in 2002 we just visited the forbidden city and the Tiantan Park. After two days Beijing we flew to Lhasa. You notice the altitude immediately. A short walk down the street on the first day was already breathtaking. We had about five days in and around Lhasa so we had plenty of time to visit places like the Potala palace, the Johkang temple and a few monasteries. It is great to see how religious the Tibetans are. Some have travelled great distances to walk the Kora in Lhasa swinging their prayer wheels around endlessly.
Please note that reports indicate that around 24 or 25 April 2002, demolitions began on a building on the southeast corner where Dekyi Shar Lam (Ch: Beijing Dong Lu) and "Snow land Street" meet. Disappointing for tourists, the Beijing government's plans are to demolish the entire block around this building complex, including an old residence called Samding. The area concerned is the block beside (immediately north of) the well-known tourist hotel "Snowlands," including a French restaurant opposite (east of) the Pentoc Hotel and the Xiangbala Hotel. This block contains some important old aristocrat buildings, such as Phunkhang and Ganglha Metok and is one of the few remaining centers of traditional Tibetan buildings. The area is approximately three minutes walk from Jokhang Square, which is the historic centre of Lhasa. The Tibetan quarter is shrinking rapidly. It's pretty sad. Glad you had a great time. It is a wonderful places and culture!
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