A June 2007 trip
to Tibet by beautysan
Quote: We flew in from Chengdu to Lhasa, acclimatize for first three days before we set off for our 4WD adventure, following the Friendship Highway from Lhasa all the way to EBC then head north to Namtco and back to Lhasa. We took the Qinghai-Tibet train back to Chengdu.
Chengdu is the gateway city for entering Tibet. We flew to Chengdu from our home country so that we could make further arrangement to fly into Lhasa. We actually booked Sam's guesthouse and arranged for an airport pick-up(RMB70 per car) with Sam. A very friendly guy from Sam's turned up at the airport to pick us up, gave us a brief introduction of Chengdu and sent us to Holly's Hostel at the Tibetan quarter instead. Sam's guesthouse was full that day. It turned out to be a blessing in disguise.
Holly's hostel was quite a gem, tucked in the quieter side of town and near to the JingLi food street and Wuhou Temple. We took the double bedroom with attached bathroom and air-conditioned. The room was basic but functional. It cost us RMB140, which was quite reasonable. It has free Internet access at the lobby, a cooking school and an upstairs restaurant.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 30, 2007
No.246 Wuhouci Dajie
This hotel has never got good reviews from guide books. I tried this hotel out because I was suffering from AMS too much to search for another hotel around the Barkhor. (I checked out Lonely Planet’s author’s choice: Pentoc Guesthouse but gosh was I disgusted with the toilets!)
Up a flight of stairs to the first floor, the guest rooms are on both sides of a dark and dodgy-looking corridor. The rooms on the right side of the corridor have better sunlight and ventilation as they are facing the alley outside the hotel. The rooms on the left side open out to the cafeteria downstairs, which is rather unpleasant with the smell of oily food filling your room to aggravate your AMS.
Fortunately, we got a room on the right side. For RMB100 per night at Tashi Takgay, we got a double bed with attached bathroom and hot shower. However, the ‘attached bathroom’ was actually a make-shift aluminium board and a flimsy sliding door that thinly segregated the wet bathroom area from the already very cramped room. Good news is, hot water and electricity was available at all times and the shower was powerful. Boiled water was provided to our room everyday in a big hot water flask. The room was not particularly clean but tolerable. I would still suggest using your own sheet.
What I liked about this hotel was the Tibetan decor, especially the colourful Tibetan painting on the walls around the reception and the room ceiling. Of course, the location of this hotel right at the Barkhor area itself and proximity to the main road that leads to Potala Palace was definitely a plus too.
Member Rating 2 out of 5 on September 10, 2007
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia