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Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2005 03:40:24 +0000
Subject: #4----World Tour--Tibet-Lhasa
Dear family and friends
Again thank you so much for your emails, loving and encouraging words.
I will respond to each of you when I get access to fast internet. All your emails are in a special "world tour" folder.
Today is our last day in Tibet. We spent 2 1/2 days in Lhasa,
capital of Tibet. Fall weather is pleasant all the time, temperature is
between 37-65 F. and mountain air. We saw a lot of beauty on the way
to Lhasa-mountains, lakes, very high passes, sunrises, sunsets.
Lhasa is a modern, thriving city with signs in 3 languages,
Tibetan, Chinese and English and constant signs of Chinese military
presence. We visited the famous winter palace of Dalai Lama- Patala
with 1000 rooms and tons of gold on the roof, few monasteries, watched
There are a lot of religious people around, chanting, walking with
wheels of prayers, sticking money in every corner in the temples and
Lhasa is full of beggars, old , women, children who hardly walk but already
taught to say- 'give me money, give me money'.
I see 2 sides;great arhitectural structures which was built by few
on the top on the expenses of the misery of mass of people on the
bottom and it is painfull.
In Tibet 70% are illiterate, life expectancy is 45 years.
Our week in Tibet was facinating, once in a life time experience, strenious
and beautiful, inspiring and upseting.
Tomorrow we are flying to mainland China- Xian.