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Gyantse in one of the bigger towns in Tibet (3.977m). It is dominated by a fortress up a hill called the Dzong. It is an old fortress overlooking the town. If you take the trouble to climb up there you’ll find an "Anti-British Imperialism Museum" about the 1904 British invasion. More interesting though is the view. Up there you have a breathtaking view of the surrounding landscape; to one side the town looks very Chinese and modern with shops and hotels. To the other side is what is left of the old Tibetan buildings and you have a good view of the Palcho Monastery with its imposing Kumbum, a more-storied building with a lot of small chapels.
After the visit to the Dzong we walk through the old part of the village where cows and goats are tied in front of the houses. Many of the houses had yak dung stuck to the walls. They do this to dry the dung in the sun so it can be used as fuel.
The Palcho Monastery was quite impressive. The main attraction is the big Kumbum. Over 70 small chapels are situated on several floors of this big chorten (stupa).
After this it was only a short drive to Shigatse (3.840m), the second large city in Tibet and the home of the Panchen Lama.