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Experiencing Buddhism-12,000 Feet Above Sea Level

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A May 2006 trip to Lhasa by kwasiak

Airport Monument Photo, Lhasa, Tibet More Photos
Quote: Lhasa, Tibet, was my last stop on a 3-week archaeological college trip to China...and I deemed the best was kept for last.

Experiencing Buddhism-12,000 Feet Above Sea Level

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Airport Monument Photo, Lhasa, Tibet
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I arrived in Lhasa, Tibet, as my last destination on a three week archaeological college trip to China that included three other cities. This of course was the highlight of my trip, being the one and only reason that I went on this my second trip to China. From the time I landed I felt that the last 2 weeks being rushed through China, deprived of sleep, and just plain worn out was worth going through to see the mountainous Tibet region of China. I just cannot describe what it felt like to be in the same mountain range as the world’s tallest mountain, Mt. Everest, and be only a couple hundred miles from it (probably as close as I will every get).Despite being a Religious Studies minor learning ...Read More

Lhasa Hotel

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Hotel | "Lhasa Hotel: The Former Holiday Inn"

Lhasa Hotel Photo, Lhasa, Tibet
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Yes, it really was once owned and managed by the Holiday Inn chain. And, yes, they really do promote it by calling it the Former Holiday Inn. I do not know if it is because they want guests to return that stayed there when it actually was the Holiday Inn, or they just use the name to give it a recognizable chain name bringing in new guests that expect that it has remained up to Holiday Inn standards. Maybe, it is a combination of both reasons, but as far as I am concerned it is not a Holiday Inn and is not as great as one would expect a hotel of that standard to be. That being said it is still a great hotel and does have customer service, just do not expect it to be quite up to the standards one can e...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 27, 2006

Lhasa Hotel
NO 1 PEOPLE ROAD
Lhasa, China
0086 0891-6832221

Potala Palace

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Attraction | "Potala Palace: Winter Palace Built Upon a Hill"

Potala Palace Photo, Lhasa, Tibet
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It would be pretty hard to spend time in Lhasa and not at least notice the massive red and white structure that sits upon a hill in the middle of Lhasa. The structure is one of the Dalai Lama’s palaces and called the Potala. Both the red and white palaces were built during the time of the fifth Dalai Lama, although it is believed that the red palace was completed after his death, which was not announced until the red palace’s completion 12 years later. The Potala has been inhabited by every Dalai Lama since the fifth, although since the construction of Norbulingka in the 18th century it only served as the winter palace. Currently the Dalai Lama does not reside here, but is living in exile in India....Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 16, 2006

Potala Palace
Beijing East Road
Lhasa, China

Norbulingka Palace

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Attraction | "Norbulingka "

Norbulingka Palace Photo, Tibet, China
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At first glance Norbulingka Summer Palace does not appear to be much of a palace. As our guide led us through the deserted courtyards towards the New Summer Palace. It was like I was just in a normal public park lacking the public presence. I never imagined that I would see advertisements on the grounds of a site of such cultural and religious importance to the extent I witnessed. I was most disturbed by the presence of Budweiser (or maybe it was another brand of beer, but it was definitely an American brand) advertisements all over a sitting area in one of the courtyards. It was certainly not the scene I expected to see when visiting a place whose name translates to Jewel Park in English....Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 17, 2006

Norbulingka Palace
Lhasa City
Tibet, China

Tibet Museum

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Tibet Museum Photo, Lhasa, Tibet
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The ticket price to the museum includes the use of self-guided audio tour equipment. What you can read on the signs is pretty much what you will hear on the device except when it gives in depth information on the particular object the number is by, which is surprising not very often. Although the information given is interesting, it is hard not to notice how it is propaganda. The most annoying thing to me was how the audio guide pronounced some of the things, especially Dalai Lama, which was pronounced Dalay Lamar (you have to hear it to really understand how much the name is butchered).The Museum has quite an impressive assortment of artifacts, but is it all really from Tibet? Innocent...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on June 27, 2006

Tibet Museum
Across From Norbulingka
Lhasa, Tibet
86-891-6839222

Jokhang Temple

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Jokhang Temple Photo, Lhasa, Tibet
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The Jokhang Temple (means Chapel of the Jowo) is the most revered religious site in Tibet. The Jokhang Temple’s name comes from the name of the Tibet’s most revered Buddha image, Jowo Sakyamuni, which was given to King Songsten Gampo by his Chinese wife Princess Wencheng. The temple was founded between 639 to 647 CE. Legend says that Princess Wencheng chose the spot for the Jokhang, which now stands on the site of Lake Wothang that was filled in. During the Cultural Revolution the interior was desecrated by the Red Guard, but it has since been restored to its former glory.The main area to visit here is the central sanctuary. Pilgrims circle the sanctuary in a clockwise direction, as should ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 27, 2006

Jokhang Temple
Central city
Lhasa, China