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Jibenggang

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12 travelers at this place:

  • Day22

    Exploring Lhasa

    May 25 in China

    We finally recovered from jet lag and now are only suffering with altitude 😂 as a result we were forced to spend a significant amount of time sitting in rooftop terraces with some Lhasa beers, delicious Tibetan food and nice views over the old town at sunset...

    We spent the first few days exploring the old town, including of course Potala palace and Jokhang temple. We also visited the two largest buddhist monasteries in Tibet - they used to host 5000 to 7000 monks each, but now have no more than 400, in part because 80 000 tibetans left for exile in India along with the Dalai Lama, but mainly because the Chinese government decided to control and limit the number of monks who are allowed to live there. It was weird to realize that our guide was not allowed to talk about the current Dalai Lama, and this prohibition was enforced by cameras and mics in our van...

    We saw LOTS of Buddhas, inhaled a lot of yak butter and incense smell (often too much really), learned about the history of Tibet and understood how Buddhism is in practice. We were surprised to see every day lots of people doing pilgrimage and prostration around the palace and the temples, and especially to see how much money it involves. People who do not seem to have a lot give significant amounts of money to each Buddha statue and to each photo of one of the past Dalai Lamas. All this money seems to be used in part for the subsistence of the monks, but a big part seems to go to the scandalously rich tombs of each past Dalai Lama and Panchen Lama, some containing more than 3700 kg of gold...

    Overall, we were surprised by the amount of gold, jewels and other expensive metals in the monasteries as well as all the money many poor Tibetans were giving to their gods. We pictured Buddhism way differently, more focused on the soul and not as much on the luxurious, extravagant objects. We don’t have pictures of these because you have to pay high fees to be allowed! I guess these gods are shy and their keepers greedy...

    Now let’s go see some landscapes. Fingers crossed for the weather to allow good views on our next destination 🤞🏼🏔
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  • Day61

    Sera Monastery

    September 18, 2017 in China

    Mönche studieren ihr ganzes Leben lang die Lehren von Buddha und der Welt. Da gehört dann auch dazu sich gegenseitig in seinem Wissen zu messen und abzufragen. Anscheinend zur Belustigung man eines Mönchskollegen.

    Englisch wird in China und hier in Lhasa kaum gesprochen. Leider sind die Meisten hier auch nicht besonders daran interessiert einem Touristen weiter zu helfen. Aus diesem Grund musste ich Restaurants bereits unverrichteter Dinge wieder verlassen, obwohl ich sogar Tiergeräusche nachgeahmt habe. Jetzt hab ich mir im Hotel mal aufschreiben lassen was "Ich bin Vegetarier " auf Mandarin und Tibetisch heißt.

    Did you know: Lhasa heißt übersetzt "Das Land des Himmels".
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  • Day60

    Jokhang Temple

    September 17, 2017 in China

    Leider sind Fotos im inneren der Tempel und Klöster meist nicht erlaubt. Schade! Denn im Inneren gibt es unzählige verschiedene Buddhastatuen in teilweise gigantischem Maßstab und über und über in Gold und brilliante Farben gehüllt. Auch Fotos der Mönche sind nicht erwünscht.

    Did you know: Natürlich sind in Tibet Fragen zum Dalailama und zur politischen Situation verboten. Aber sogar das Nutzen des Lonley Planet oder eines anderen Reiseführers über Tibet, ist nicht gestattet.Read more

  • Day61

    Potala Palace

    September 18, 2017 in China

    Lhasa liegt auf 3.600 m Höhe. Der Potala Palace, der eigentliche Winterwohnsitz des Dalailama, auf 3.900 m. Also ging es heute morgen wieder etliche Stufen bergauf.

    Die weißen Wände des politischen Teils des Palastes, sind mit Farbe gestrichen, die mit Milch und Zucker haltbarer und strahlender gemacht wurde.

    Umrundet wird der Palast von tausenden Gläubigen die zum Teil mit dem ganzen Körper beten und sich dafür immer wieder auf den Boden legen.

    Im Inneren protzt der Ort wieder mit massig Gold, riesigen Buddhastatuen und den buntesten Farben. Leider sind wieder keine Fotos erlaubt.

    Did you know: Firewall China ist hier sehr deutlich zu spüren. Google, Facebook und Instagram werden erfolgreich blockiert.
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  • Day7

    Arriving in Lhasa

    September 21 in China

    So, we finally made it to Lhasa.
    After a 24 hrs train ride across 5000 m high passes and permafrost ground.
    No altitude sickness so far, and we immediately got some chinese medicine to keep it that way😉.
    Lhasa is breathtaking in other ways, the light, the temples, the people. Can‘t wait to explore more.

  • Day9

    Debates

    September 23 in China

    According to buddhist belief in Tibet ignorance is one of the greatest sins (the others are greed and jealousy).
    Monks have to study all their life. More importantly they have to understand... So they have debates everyday. Meaning one monk is sitting down while another one is standing beside him asking him questions. For several hours. This will also decide about the seating order in the main hall (meaning their status in the monastery).
    It is really fascinating to watch, although we can‘t understand the language.
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  • Day8

    Visiting Potala palace

    September 22 in China

    It is without doubt one of the most impressive buildings in the world: The Dalai Lama's palace in Lhasa. Being Tibet's palace and administrative building since the 17th century it's now empty since the Dalai Lama fled to India in the 1950s. It's Lhasa's main tourist attraction. Though the number of tickets is limited to 3000 a day it's packed with people. You can only visit a small part of the over 1000 rooms and you have only 50 minutes for the visit. (And it's super expensive, btw.)

    Still it is very impressive, especially as the tourist crowds are mixing with the pilgrims worshipping the different holy items. Not to forget: The enormous political symbol that lies in the building, being the home of the Dalai Lama. Police and military is everywhere. And fire extinguishers. They were put up everywhere since Buddhist monks burnt themselves a couple of years ago protesting against the Chinese occupation.

    If you are wondering why there are no pictures from inside: it's usually not allowed to take pictures inside Buddhist places.
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  • Day10

    Drak Yerpa Monastery

    July 22 in China

    Ein wunderschönes buddhistisches Kloster auf 4.400 m mit vielen Höhlen in denen meditiert und gebetet wird. Auch wenn das Wetter heute nicht ganz optimal war, ist es eine besondere und unvergessliche Erfahrung gewesen!

  • Day11

    Potala Palace

    July 23 in China

    Der Potala Palast ist unglaublich imposantes Gebäude, wenn man davor steht fühlt man sich ganz klein und mit der „kulturellen Revolution“ von 1959 im Hinterkopf ist es umso beeindruckender, dass noch soviel von der tibetischen Kultur übrig geblieben ist...

  • Day11

    Debattierende Mönche

    July 23 in China

    Am Nachmittag sind wir noch zur Sera-Monastery gefahren und konnten den Mönchen bei ihrem täglichen Ritual beiwohnen: Debattieren! Eine sehr interessante Lehrmethode, um Wissen und Erfahrungen auszutauschen - schade, dass ich diesen Austausch nicht verstehen konnte!

You might also know this place by the following names:

Jibenggang, Jêbumgang, 吉崩岗

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