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Day 3 (13.11.2007)


The first days in Tibet I always woke up with headache, because the air is thin, but after a short while the headache was always gone. Day by day one gets used to the thin air. My aim today was the Potala Palace. The Potala is located about 120 m over Lhasa. The 5th Dalai Lama (1617 - 1682) began to build the Potala and in 1694 the construction was completed. The Potala consists of the White Palace and the Red Palace. The Dalai Lamas lived in the Red Palace. Lhasa is not very large and so one can go to many sights by foot. After I bought the ticket I approached the Potala and it looks really monumental. Slowly I went up the stairs, on the front of the Potala. While going up one can enjoy the beautiful view over Lhasa and the surrounding mountains. Inside the Potala one can admire many beautiful art treasures. The Potala is really unique. I left the Potala on the rear and there is also a nice view over Lhasa. Afterwards I went to the Buddhist monastery Sera, which is located about 5 km north of Lhasa. Together with Ganden and Drepung, Sera belongs to the three large monasteries of the Gelugpa school. Because of their headdress the Gelugpa are also called Yellow Hats. The Gelugpa belongs to the most important Buddhist schools in Tibet. The Dalai Lama and the Panchen Lama are also representatives of the Gelugpa. Sera was founded in 1419. In Sera I saw many monks, too. I entered the different buildings and I admired the Buddhist art. Afterwards I visited the Norbulingka. On the terrain of the Norbulingka there are the summer palaces of some Dalai Lamas. First I visited the Palace of the 14th Dalai Lama. It was built in 1956. Then I walked through the park of the Norbulingka and later I went back to my hotel.

The Potala Palace
The Potala Palace

The Potala Palace
The Potala Palace

rock painting in Sera Monastery
rock painting in Sera Monastery

Palace of the 14th Dalai Lama in the Norbulingka
Palace of the 14th Dalai Lama in the Norbulingka


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