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May 12, 2009 - Sakya

A four hour drive southeast from Shigatse, accessed down a dirt road through a farming valley, saw us arrive at the small town of Sakya. The hotel once again was supposed to be business class but the whole place smells like urine, and so far no power. When we had lunch, just after our arrival, we were warned by our guide Gelu to keep stones in our pockets as the local dogs tend to get quite savage. How warm and welcoming; I'm happy I had those rabies shots before I left home now. There are only about 2000 people in and around this town and...

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Taking the Long Way

Oct 29, 2006 - Shigatse

The following morning after arriving in Shigatse, we walked over to the Tashilhunpo monastery, founded in 1447 by the 1st Dalai Lama. It is the former home of the Panchen Lama, the next highest lama after the Dali Lama. Several years ago, the Chinese government kidnapped the Panchen Lama (then 6 years old...now I believe he's 16) and his family, placing them under arrest. Their location and well-being is still undisclosed but some are convinced the Chinese government executed the family. Having removed the Buddhist lama, the Chinese...

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May 26, 2006 - Shekar - one horse town and ongoing sulking

After a further 270km drive (including multiple breakdowns) over a precarious ledge in the dark, Helen and Danny arrived in Shekar, about which there is nothing to comment other than this place had the most revolting toilets (which considering some of the bogs already seen on this trip is quite a statement) on earth (or so the couple thought before getting to the Rongbuk Monestry). This place literally was a one horse town - not a single word was spoken by the guide to his passengers during this 8 hour marathon.

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Sep 26, 2005 - Shiagtse and Gyantse

Weather - cold and sunny, apart from torrentially night - had to abandon tent for the truck (my tent was pitched in the middle of a river...) Location - other than bad location when it rained, mainly walking round monastries.. Into proper tourist land, so great sites - tibets 2nd largest monastry. Spotted a few hitch hikers (officially not allowed) and pretty hard to do across tibet - travelling the hard way. No great news that I could think of..

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Aug 9, 2005 - Sakya

Last Monastery of the trip and I couldn't say that I was sad about that, there are only so many religious institutions I can take. At least the town was close to 4350m and therefore a welcome staging post before heading to base Camp. It even had a decent hotel with sit-down flushing toilets but the hot water was evidentialy fictional.

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Jun 17, 2005 - Shigatse - Sakye - Lhatse

After enjoying what would be our last hot shower for several days, we grab breakfast and head to a carpet factory. This place donates almost half of it's profits to the local monastery, with much of the rest of the earnings going back to the workers. It's a great place. The workers sing when they work. We buy a rug. It'll be in Eureka sometime in the next 30 days. It'd be a shame to not use it, but it's so nice we're thinking of hanging it on a wall. Next, it's Tashilhunpo monastery. This place escaped the "Cultural Revolution" with...

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Dronkers in Tibet

Nov 6, 2004 - High plains drifter

No more headaches, but I slept very badly, presumably because of the altitude. After much palaver getting what could be our last hot water for a while out of the shower, the three of us walked the Tashilhunpo Kora, that is the pilrimage path round the outside of the Monastery. This was great. And a really nice curry for lunch. And then after lunch to Sakya, at 4,280 metres, another 1,000 feet up, to more than 14,000. With a brief stop to take photos and dodge beggars at this sign that marks 5,000 kms from Beijing, though I have easily...

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