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Tibet 2019

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Tibet

Known as the roof of the world averaging at 5000 meters above sea level.
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Beautiful Potala Palace in Lhasa

Lhasa, is the capital of Tibet autonomous region of China with an altitude of 3,700m, and the red-and-white Potala Palace once served as the winter home of the Dalai Lama(currently on exile in India).
I flew in from Shangrila, China to Lhasa, Tibet, travel time about 2 hours. It's very important to have your entrance to Tibet arranged by a tour company, or you won't be allowed to get in. The original copy of the itinerary and tour company should be with you including the correct spelling of your name upon arrival at Lhasa. I went with Tibet Vista Travel. I had everything arranged while I was in the USA.

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Potala Palace

Stayed in Lhasa for 2 days on my own, then joined my group traveling the mountain ranges, lakes, temples, monasteries of Tibet.
Have I known that the tour bus takes tourists to Mt. Everest base camp(3 days total) from Lhasa, I would have changed my itinerary to go there. I thought it was going to be a lot of trekking again, so I’d decided not to join them.

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White Yak by Namtso lake

Learned a lot about Tibetan Buddhist tradition of caring for corpses. The family and monk will decide if it’s going to be aerial burial, meaning, the corpse is butchered to pieces by a butcher monk, and then brought up to one of their holy mountain and feed the corpse to vultures, and other birds. Or, the corpse is butchered to pieces and brought to one of their holy rivers to feed the fish. Tibetans Buddhist btw do not eat fish.

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Monks debating in the courtyard of Sera monastery — in Lhasa, Tibet.

PHOTOS:
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Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet — in Lhasa, Tibet.

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side of Potala Palace in Lhasa

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Korola glacier

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Namtso lake(5190 meters), two tourists got sick due to the altitude, one had to be brought down to Lhasa hospital. His oxygen saturation when I checked was at 31. Mine was in the 70’s.

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View point of Potala Palace in Lhasa

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Potala Palace

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Jokhang Temple at night

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Potala Palace

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Inside Jokhang Temple in Lhasa. Tibetans, in general, consider this temple as the most sacred and important temple in Tibet.

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Mountain ranges

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Park in Lhasa behind the Potala Palace

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Norbulungka palace, summer palace use by the Dalai Lama, a Unesco world heritage site.

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Gyangtse fortress on the way to Shigatse (360km) from Lhasa

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Namtso lake, one of the three holy lakes of Tibet

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Namtso Lake

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Huge working dogs being used by owner to make money by having tourists take their picture with them.

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Potala Palace — in Lhasa, Tibet.

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Lake in Lhasa

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Pilgrims prostrating(putting themselves on the ground) outside Jokhang Temple.

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Couple with traditional clothes getting married outside Jokhang Temple in Lhasa

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Our group(9),and tour guide sitting. Mostly Chinese, Japanese, and one Spaniard. We have different itineraries...towards the end(7th day), it was just me and Manuel(Spain), and we have to join another group. — in Lhasa, Tibet.

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Our group after a few days, down to 5, with our tour guide in the middle.

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Potala Palace

Posted by ilovenewjersey 12:01 Archived in China

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Thanks for your great story and wonderful photographs!

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