After a bit of a break, its back my series of post of Southern China and Tibet. I’m picking up where I left off, Day 8, when we arrived in Gyantse.
0830: Breakfast. The breakfast room at Gyantse hotel is here the most colourful breakfast room I have come across to date. It actually reminded me of being in a temple in Sri Lanka.
0930: On our way to Shigatse, 100km from Gyantse. Quick photo stop to capture a last picture of the Gyantse town, and the surrounding wall.
1015: Bathroom break, at a road side flour mill. Here, Barley is milled using a water mill.
Gynatse is known in Tibet for its lush vegetation, thanks to the nutritious soil and good weather. Food from this region is the best anywhere in Tibet, our guide told us as he bought some flour to take back to his family in Lhasa.
Back on the road, we saw many fields being ploughed the traditional way, using Yaks.
Houses in this region were mostly farm houses. They are almost all two storey, with the ground floor for storage and the first floor for living space. So the ground floor has roller shutters. They are colourfully decorated from the inside and the outside.
1200: By midday, we had arrived in Shigatse. Shigatse is 280km Southwest of Lhasa. It is 3,840 m above sea level (so lower than Gyantse, which is 3997 m, but higher than Lhasa which is 3660 m).
We headed to our home for the night, the Tashi Choten Hotel, which was the best hotel we’ve stayed in Tibet so far.
After lunch, we went to visit the Tashi Lungpo Monastery, which is one of the most famous in Tibet.
The Monastery dates back to 1447 and is the seat of the Panchen Lama.
Despite the heat of the midday we saw many Tibetans doing a Kora, walking around the monastery.
We visited several of the shrines inside the temple. Photographs inside are not allowed.
After the monastery, we visited the local market.
After buying some souvenirs, we called it a night relatively early. Travel fatigue was catching up to us, and the Acute Mountain Sickness was still with us.
Tomorrow is our last day in Tibet. We will head back to Lhasa, and catch the flight back to Chengdu.
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