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Summer Palace
By ELCABRON | 3/5/2005 6:40:26 AM

The Summer Palace inside the Norbulinka Park is more a disappointment. The park is in a bad condition, not worth the name of a park. There was a sad kind of zoo inside in a very poor condition. I wonder who wants to see a lion in Tibet??? The condition of the whole thing makes you feel sad! This could only be topped by a Sea World or a Disney Land in these Himalayan Mountains.
Anyway, the building of the Summer Palace itself was in a good condition and you get the feeling that there is still somebody living inside. You can see the furniture, radio and the modern bath the Dalai Lama used in these days.
But still my expectations of a summer palace were much higher.

Sera Monastery
By ELCABRON | 3/5/2005 3:28:06 AM

The Sera Monastery is situated just a few kilometers outside the Holy City of Lhasa, the Seat of the Gods. In past days there were more than 5.000 inhabitants which has been reduced to a few hundreds nowadays. But still the huge number of buildings and alleys give the impression of a small city.

But dont think of monasteries as stonage anymore. Ive seen monks with mobile phones and as an entrance ticket you get a CDRom, I couldnt believe it! One of the most interesting things to me were the Debating Classes,taking place everyday in Sera. A big number of monks come together and discuss their philosophical and religious standpoints. Each argument is stressed by clapping with your hands. Most of the times it is a one-on-one, sometimes there are two or even three monks discussing with only one opponent. In the end they reach a uniting conclusion.
Really fascinating!

Drepung Monastery
By ELCABRON | 3/5/2005 6:43:59 AM

Within close distance around Lhasa you can find the major monasteries of the Gelugpa Order. Drepung is still the biggest one with round about 600 monks today. In the past it was the largest monastery of the world with more than 10.000 monks. Dont get lost in the narrow alleys embraced by beautiful decorated buildings because it got the size of a small city! But you can still see many ruins of destroyed buildings from the cultural revolution. The surrounding is also worth to take a look at. On the left side you can take a hike up to the pitoresque stone paintings. Behind the monastery on the ascent of the mountain you can see a rock plateau where the traditional sky burial took place.
In one sentence, Drepung is a MUST!

The greatest overland Adventure Tour
By STABLEMOUNTAIN | 10/28/2004 4:45:27 PM

Kathmandu to Lhasa is one of the adventurous overland adventure tours that any one can experience in this world. The tour passes through greater Himalayas range then to the Tibetan plateau. This is also recognizing as oldest trading route between Indo China in the past time.

<article>Taking photo
By CHRIS | 1/26/2005 4:28:35 PM

I would like to share my travel experience with anyone who will land on Tibet in the coming future.

According to my real feeling, Tibetan society and culture are fragile and vulnerable. Be sure to respect local customs and traditions while traveling. SOME Tibetans, not all, believe that taking their picture will harm their soul. It is a good idea to ask for permission before taking pictures of any locals, especially the elderly.

Receiving toasts of wine and tea
By MLTR | 8/25/2004 2:14:55 PM

When you visit a Tibetan family, the host will propose a toast, usually of barley wine. Before you drink, Tibetans like to stick their finger in the wine and give a drop to Heaven, Earth, and their ancestors (three drops total). This is done by flicking your finger and letting a drop fall from your finger to the earth three times. At last, the guest would drink up the whole cup.

When given tea, you should wait for directions from your host to drink.

altitude sickness in tibet
By BARRY | 3/30/2004 2:42:51 PM

I was there for 4 days last December but did not have any problem. My wife had headaches at night for a few dayS, she took some aspirins. I bought an oxygen bottle at the airport but did not have to use it. You can get something from your doctor, I forgot the name of the pills. Your body will adjust to the altitude in Lhasa within a few days, so i would not worry. I have asthma and nothing happened to me.

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