I arrived in Lhasa yesterday, after a 48 hour train ride from Beijing. It’s a much bigger city than I’d expected, with shopping districts and neon lights and bustling traffic – but still much of the old world.
Fluttering prayer flags, traditionally clothed women with their long hair woven into fabric, yaks ambling disinterestedly down main roads – and of course, the Chinese police on every corner, private grief over the traditions slipping away, and prayers for peace and healing on the spinning prayer wheels.
Other first impressions: it’s a friendly, laidback place, with absolutely zero hassle and wonderful facilities for travellers. The only downside so far has been a touch of altitude sickness (mainly just shortness of breath and tiredness), so it’s important to take it easy at the start and give yourself time to adjust.
Can’t wait to explore further over the coming days!about 1 year ago