Southwest China – Sichuan, Tibet & Yunnan (14 – Lhatse to Shigatse)

Day 13 – Lhatse to Shigatse

The rooms in Lhatse Tibetan Farmer’s Hotel were not heated but the blankets kept us sufficiently warm.  I was even experienced enough to search for additional blankets before requesting an extra set from the helpful staff.

So all in all, I had a good night sleep.  I was up early and roamed the Lhatse Tibetan Farmer’s Hotel compound.  We stayed in a new extension behind the main buildings shown in the photo below.

I never had the opportunity to ride a motorcycle in winter.  The thick gloves attached to the handlebars sure look comfy.

Fooling around.

Thought it’s quite fun and asked my friends to pose together.

I fell off a cliff into an ancient cave and came across a dusty martial arts manual.  So here I was, trying to practice some deadly Buddha Palms while on the road.

As we skipped breakfast, we had an early lunch.  Egg fried rice had became a regular feature in our meals.

Back in Shigatse, we settled down in Manasarovar Hotel before heading to Tashilhunpo Monastery.  Tashilhunpo Monastery is seat to the Panchen Lama, the second most important spiritual leader of Tibet.  Panchen Lama literally means "Great Scholar".  Similar to the Dalai Lama, the Panchen Lama is also a reincarnation lama.  There are approximately 400 plus such tulku incarnation lineages in the region.  This type of lineage is different from the more common father to son lineage that we usually see.  The whole concept is very interesting and comes with its share of problems.

To find out more, do read these links:

Tashilhunpo Monastery was one of the few monasteries in Tibet that were not heavily destroyed during the Cultural Revolution in the 1960s.  While traveling in China, there are often references made to major events in China's history.  Cultural Revolution happened to be one of the very significant events in China's recent past.  Do read Wikipedia to learn more.  I would also recommend Life and Death in Shanghai by Nien Cheng.  It's an account of her life as a political prisoner during the Cultural Revolution.  Here's something I took down from the book:

The Red Guards debated whether to reverse the system of traffic lights, as they thought Red should mean Go and not Stop. In the meantime, traffic lights stop operating.

The entrance fee to Tashilhunpo Monastery is 55RMB per visitor.  According to Dawa, it's God Descending Festival.  That explained the small crowds gathered at the entrance of the main chapels.

It’s still early and we took a drive to the old town.  Shigatse Dzong, the residence of the kings of Tsang, is in the background of the photo below.  It looks like a smaller version of the Potala, doesn’t it?

Do you find the overhead cables in the photo an eyesore?  I always thought so and try to move around them or not take the shot at all.  But for this case, I am getting a little lazy.

A bit of trinket shopping at the bazaar.

For dinner, we hopped over to Third Eye Restaurant.

It’s our last dinner in Tibet and we decided to have something heavy.  All were splendidly delicious.

Unfortunately, CY didn’t have a good appetite as she wasn’t feeling too well.  Dawa said it could not be altitude sickness because we had been at even higher grounds in the previous days.

But back at the hotel, we carried the oxygen tank up to our rooms anyway.  Indeed, the oxygen didn’t seem to provide CY any relief.  She took some flu tablets and tried to have some rest.

Well, a few more photos of the night.


4 thoughts on “Southwest China – Sichuan, Tibet & Yunnan (14 – Lhatse to Shigatse)

  1. 哈哈哈哈 真是吃一堑长一智,这次晓得先去找毯子以免挨冻了哈




    哇哈哈哈哈 你从哪弄来的如来神掌秘笈哪?练得怎么样了? 我可是练过铁砂掌的,什么时候可以比试比试,哈哈哈哈哈



    雪莲和第三只眼有什么关系?为什么英文翻译过来就变成the third eye 了呢?


  2. Xinrui,

    Thanks once again for your comments.

    I did spend some time in Beijing during winter and rode a bicycle. So I can understand what you mean, especially when the wind is blowing strong.

    I am no master. Just thought it would make an interesting photo. I just added a solo version. 🙂 Although I have not been to Xinjiang, I seem to have the impression that Xinjiang would be something like that. Dry, barren, rolling hills? Would really like to make a central asia to Xinjiang trip in future.


    I didn’t noticed the Chinese name until you mentioned it. I also have no idea what’s the relationship between Snow Lotus and The Third Eye. Maybe have to ask the boss the next time I have a chance to revist.

    Yes, flying back to Chengdu the next day. It would be really nice to spend a much longer time in Tibet. I didn’t finish the can of Barley Wine. Not exactly my preferred taste. And yes, it’s bitter.

  3. 好吧,小徒知错了,再也不敢拿什么铁砂掌和您的如来神掌来比了。您是师傅,徒儿要尊敬您的。哈哈哈哈

    新疆嘛,虽然我在那里生长了18年,可是并不了解很多,因为一直读书,没有机会走哪里去游览。那里是个和内地很不一样的地方,气候干旱缺水,新疆省的面积占了整个中国国土面积的六分之一, 但是大部分都是沙漠。读大学期间每年回家坐火车只要一过了秦岭,就是无边的沙漠和黄土,走很远的距离才到一个村庄或者城市……那里有很独特的伊斯兰文化,有空的话你可以去那游览体验下。我不习惯那的饮食,因为我吃不来羊肉。你要是去的话一定要多写些日志分享给我看看哦,我也好久没有回去了……

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