|Stalls of one part of Barkhur Market (note construction on right, old Lhasa being torn down for new construction)
|Wider view, Barkhur Market
The Barkhur Market is too much to take in in one stay. Stalls upon stalls of fruits, hanging meat, bright colored yarn, live birds, necklaces, furniture, fabrics, trinkets of all kinds.
Jinpa took me to one interior place, perhaps with genuine Tibetan goods. I didn't bring enough yuan to buy, but maybe later...
I walked back to the hotel on my own.
At 3:00 Jinpa and Mr. Lee [our driver] took me to the Sera Monastery on the edge of Lhasa. At one time there were 5000 monks there--now 500. There's a sad, run-down look to the place. A casualty. No money is coming its way for repairs. The architecture is still beautiful and it was hard not to imagine the thousands of monks who had once lived there. Jinpa told me it was where Tibetans could get an education.
As I think about this trip, one thing I'd like to bring away is that feeling of seeing the world new, seeing my world like a traveler. What new details would I see that I haven't noticed for a while? What sounds would stand out? What would I find wondrous?
|Potala Palace at night from my Lhasa hotel room
(Continued) Getting on the road