Lhasa is a big town and getting bigger, but we concentrated on the older part,the Buddhist history, and the complicated history with China. We had a great local guide who was a devout Buddhist, but alsoa practical thinker, and understood many of the conflicts. We met him and ventured a few miles to Jokhang Temple, which to Tibetan Buddhist is the holiest of all temples.
Friday, May 8, 2015
We got up early and drove to the airport in very little traffic for a 2 1/2 hr flight to Lhasa Tibet. Of course this is a controversial area which China claims as theirs, and tibetans claim as a seperate place. Our passports were collected after we went thru the airport, and during our stay, they were checked and shown many times. After plunking down in a beautiful new hotel...The "Shanga La", we rested a bit and waited for the altitude to disable some of the group. I was lucky, and felt nothing the whole stay, except a little heavy breathing on excursion. Others suffered a lot with headaches, nausea and malaise. People started skipping meals and even excurions,,but Steve and I did fine. My major complaint was dry air at over 12,000 feet which made my noise and throat scatchy, but that even went away. Many people took a prevent pill, And they seemed to get the worse of the deal.