After our Nepal- trip we flew across the Himalaya to Tibet, the "roof of the world", where we landed at the airport of the capital Lhasa.
The really overwhelming building which rises above all is the Potala, the former residence of the Dalai Lama, until the marching-in of the chinese into Tibet happened in the year 1959, and he went to exile in India. Nowadays for the chinese the Potala is a museum, for the tibetians it is the distinctive sign of hope that the Dalai Lama, who represents the incarnation of Buddha, will be able to return some time.
Generally this land lives in the sence of Buddha, who appears to be here omnipresently. Nowhere else we experienced such a heart-felt faith in buddhism as here. And not only that: the instruction of Buddha to live in peace with all creatures is not only pronounced here but itīs philosophy of life! Itīs nearly incredible, but we have never seen such peaceful, forgiving, fate- devoted people. I suppose that was the reason why the chinese had little trouble in occupying this land.
Nevertheless there are quite warlike, rapacious nomads living in the wideness of Tibet, the Khampas. They had ried to defend the land against the chinese, but of course they never had a real chance.

If you consider that Lhasaīs elevation is 3600 m and the air is quite rare here, you can imagine itīs pretty strenuous to climb the 195 stairs up to the palace. But without visiting the Potala you havenīt seen Tibet. And itīs worth-while in any case.
View from the market-place to the Potala

On the golden roof of the Potala
Against that the summer-palace in the Norbulingka 
(= jewels garden) seems more modest but is much lighter and has a wonderful park. It was built by the still acting 14. Dalai Lama, who is in exile in India.

The summer palace of the Dalai Lama

Discussing monks of the monastery Sera   
Drepung, a monastery which isnīt far away from Lhasa seems to be a little town for its own. Until 1959, when big parts of the monastery were destroyed by the chinese, 7770 monks lived here. Nowadays there are only 450 left!
The monastery Drepung

The main Buddha statue in Drepung
On our trip the next station was Shigatse, the residence of the Pantschen Lama, after we had droven through an impressing landscape along the Brahmaputra - river (which in Tibet is called Yarlung Tsanpo)
And onwards it went on meanwhile very bumpy and dusty roads to Gyantse.

Tashilhunpo, the monastery at Shigatse

Monastery Pelkor Chode at Gyantse
After Gyantse we drove (on still worse roads) steadily uphill until we reached the Karo-pass which has an elevation of 5010 m. Then we reached Yamdrok-Tso (turquoise- lake) in an elevation of 4500m, which really has a clear, turquoise color!
Prayer banners and stone heaps at Karo-pass

A small part of the hugeYamdrok-lake
Everywhere on our tour we met the Yak, an animal for work and riding, which primarily allows the tibetians the hard living in their poor highlands. In the cities they are getting seldom, but there you see rather strange motorized car pools (right picture) and more and more modern cars.
Tibetian woman with rich decorated Yak

A horror picture for each western policeman

Of course this was a very short description, which canīt really meet this wonderful land!!!!
I can only say this: Tibet is a unique dream!!! We really never met so frank, friendly and unselfish people as just here. And I believe we have learned a lot from them and got much peace of mind.
Surely Tibet isnīt the right holiday destination for everyone.But those who are really frank to other (perhaps better ???) philosophies of life should visit this land and become aquainted with the charms of this land and especially its inhabitants!

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