Flew into Tibet from Chengdu.
Pretty nice flight over some wonderful scenery. We spent
a few days in Lhasa, exploring the temples and culture.
Very different from the main land China (funny, the people
in Lhasa refers to the "mainland" that way, even though
they're not separated by water...) Nonetheless, Lhasa is
filled with people who believe in Buddhism (about 95% of
Tibetans are Buddhists), actually lots of people all over
Tibet come to Lhasa for pilgrimage and religious dedication.
Learning more about Buddhism and the culture in Tibet was
very interesting. We were only the few of different
hair and skin color, so definitely minorities, no doubt
about it! But we didn't mind the 40-second looks (double
the time that we get in other places in China) - we just
smiled. and smiled some more, who knows what was said behind
our backs?... All we know was that there were lots of giggles
and many stares. Hopefully all in good spirits.
After visiting the famous Potala Palace and summer palace.
we also had a chance to visit a few monasteries. Very happy
that we went and it was a complete different cultural experience.
I don't think I would go back, but Johann would love to
come back and enjoy some more of the beautiful nature that
Lhasa and Tibet offer- trekking and camping, hmm...I think
we may have to talk some more about this...
Now, that's what's called a 1300 years
old Palace. It took many Dalai Lamas to build and complete
this amazing structure (final structure finished in
1645 by the 5th Dalai Lama). We walked from street level
all the way to the very top of the palace. Views are
surreal and the inside is beautiful and spiritual. Every
room was inhabited by Buddha statues, with monks and
local people praying, burning incents and taking part
in Buddhist rituals.
Standing in front of the 14th Dalai Lama
last summer house. This is a museum now,
open to the public. We saw where he greeted guests, slept,
studied and prayed.
Very interesting. So simple, yet very grand it its own way.
Wow - close up! Loved the flower decorations
outside of the Summer Palace.
Out & About
A picture can say a thousand words!
Hey, who's that handsome looking man??!
Nomads, making the pilgrimage from other
parts of Tibet to Lhasa.
This is what made Tibet so unique and special
to us. The people.... So colorfully dressed
and with such dedication for life and spirituality.