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Lhasa

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25 travelers at this place:

  • Day16

    Jokhang Temple

    May 16 in China ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Jokhang Temple is in Barkhor Square Tibetians consider this temple as the most sacred and important temple in Tibet. The temple architecture is a mixture of Indian, Tibetian and Nepalease design. It was established in the 7th century. It was impressive inside but unfortunately we could not take photo's which is a shame as the budhas and statues are incredible but I found some on google. Again really hard to learn anything about the temple but hopefully we can find some information when back in Nepal or even Sydney. Both Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple are impressive buildings with so much history and knowledge of Buddhism it is worth reading about.Read more

  • Day16

    On a Mission

    May 16 in China ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    We went back to Old Town in search of something simple for dinner. Old Town is only a 10min walk away. We walked for nearly 2 hours and could not really find something suitable. So we are back at the Hotel restaurant for pizza.

    The walk in Old Town was great though all the locals are out selling different sorts of food and some of the shops were still open.

    Fitbit Stats:

    20,788 Steps
    31 Flights of Stairs
    14.39 km

    No wonder we are tired.

    Now to watch a movie and ready to hit the road again tomorrow.
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  • Day13

    Tashi Lhunpo Monastery

    May 13 in China ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    After lunch we headed off to the Panchen Lama's Tashi Lhunpo Monastery. It was fascinating walking around the large 14th Century Monastry village and temples.

    Tashi Lhunpo Monastery was founded in 1447 by the 1st Dalai Lama and is a historic and culturally important monastery in Shigatse, the second-largest city in Tibet.

    The monastery was sacked when the Gorkha Kingdom invaded Tibet and captured Shigatse in 1791 before a combined Tibetan and Chinese army drove them back as far as the outskirts of Kathmandu, when they were forced to agree to keep the peace in the future, pay tribute every five years, and return what they had looted from Tashi Lhunpo.

    The monastery is the traditional seat of successive Panchen Lamas, the second highest ranking tulku lineage in the Gelug tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. The "Tashi" or Panchen Lama had temporal power over three small districts, though not over the town of Shigatse itself, which was administered by a dzongpön (prefect) appointed from Lhasa.

    Pilgrims circumnavigate the monastery on the lingkhor (sacred path) outside the walls.

    Although two-thirds of the buildings were destroyed during the excesses of the Chinese Cultural Revolution, they were mainly the residences for the 4,000 monks and the monastery itself was not as extensively damaged as most other religious structures in Tibet, for it was the seat of the Panchen Lama who remained in Chinese-controlled territory.

    However, during 1966 Red Guards led a crowd to break statues, burn scriptures and open the stupas containing the relics of the 5th to 9th Panchen Lamas, and throw them in the river. Some remains, though, were saved by locals, and in 1985, Choekyi Gyaltsen, 10th Panchen Lama, began the construction of a new stupa to house them and honour his predecessors. It was finally consecrated on 22 January 1989, just six days before he died aged fifty-one at Tashi Lhunpo. "It was as if he was saying now he could rest."
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  • Day16

    Barkhor Bazaar

    May 16 in China ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    The Bazaar is an area of narrow streets and public square located in the old town area of Lhasa. The Barkhor is a popular destination for pilgrims who undertake 1km walk around the Jokhang Temple.

    We walked around just window shopping as the shops look the same as everywhere else and our souvenir shopping has been completed for Tibet. We also had lunch in the area so I could rest my knee before the next monastery.Read more

  • Day16

    Walking from Potala Palace

    May 16 in China ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    We walked from Potala Palace to the Jokhang Palace which took about 30 min.

    Not much to see along the way the shops all very boring and very much Chinese.

    All I know is that my knee has just about had it after all the walking so far today so I needed to rest so we had a lunch break.

  • Day17

    Last Night in Tibet

    May 17 in China ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    Tonight is the last night in Tibet so we had a farewell dinner in Barkhor Square at a Tibetian Family Restuarant. We had Yak Momo, Yak and Vegetable Stir Fry with Lhasa Beer and finished with chocolate cake with Ginger and honey tea.

    Our group are a lovely bunch of people and hope to see them all again one day.

    Fit Bit Stats:
    Steps 16,375
    29 flights of stairs
    11.33 km
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  • Day17

    Dreprung Monastery

    May 17 in China ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    More Monasteries today each one is a little different but essentially the same.

    Dreprung Monastery was built in 1416. Over 10,000 monks resided here making it the largest monastery in Tibet. It has 6 main temples, 3 monastic colleges. The monastery covers an area of 200,000 square metres.

    Again we walked heaps of stairs just to get to the monastery and then there are plenty more stairs inside. We only visited 2 of the temples but still very interesting.Read more

  • Day22

    Exploring Lhasa

    May 25, 2018 in China ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    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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  • Day11

    Liebes Tibet...

    May 25 in China ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    ... du wunderschönes Land mit all deiner Geschichte. Du Dach der Welt, Hochplateau auf 5.200m. Du strahlst soviel Ruhe und Spiritualität aus. Obwohl es in dir wohl unruhig zugleich ist. Über 6.000 Klöster und Museen zerstört, über 1000 Tibeter in den Tod gesprungen, Flucht von vielen. So wenig westliche Touristen hab ich gesehen, umso mehr den Zuzug von Chinesen. Man spürt deutlich die Gefahr der Untergrabung von Kultur, Sprache und Identität. Bereits die dritte Generation, geboren und aufgewachsen unter chinesischer Herrschaft, mit weiter stark anhaltendem Widerstandsgeist, gerichtet gegen Willkür und Unrecht. Ich weiss nicht, wieviel Kontrollen, Checkpoints wir durchlaufen haben, wie oft wir unseren Passport zeigen mussten, unzählige Permissions. Selbst ihr, liebe Tibeter durchlauft diese Prozeduren. Und dennoch hatte ich ein Gefühl der Freiheit, denn Euer Land gibt soviel zurück. Man sagt, es gibt kein Tibet Problem und dennoch bleibt die Tibet Frage. Ich bin glücklich, dass ich ein kurzer Teil davon sein konnte, dankbar, dass ihr euer Land für ausländisch Reisende geöffnet habt, hoffe, das eure Kultur bestehen bleibt.Read more

  • Day15

    St Regis Lhasa

    May 15 in China ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    This Hotel is more our style. We have even been upgraded. We could have a party in here. The pictures will show the difference this hotel is to the others we have stayed in the last few days.

You might also know this place by the following names:

Lhasa, لاسا, Лхаса, লাসা, Һаса, Λάσα, Lasao, لهاسا, Lhassa, Lása, Lhasa-sṳ, להסה, ल्हासा, Lhásza, LXA, ラサ市, ლჰასა, 라사, Лхаса шаары, 拉薩市, Лхасе, Лхас, Lhasa-chhī, ଲାସା, Лхасæ, ਲਾਸਾ, لہاسا, Lassa, Ласа, லாசா, ลาซา, لاسا شەھىرى, Lhas, 拉萨市, Лхаса балһсн, 拉薩, 拉萨

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