We loved our visit to Tibet! The people are so unique and friendly. The mountains are stunning. Tibet is the highest region on the earth with an average elevation of 16,000 ft. We didn't suffer from the high altitude but did find climbing hundred's of steps to the Monasteries a challenge. Were glad we did this trip while we were still young. :)
It isn't uncommon to have children approach you for money. They are so adorable it's hard to say no.
This is one of my favorite pictures. I love the details in this little girls outfit. Notice the striped socks and the Turquoise braided into her hair. I wanted to pinch her cheeks and take her home with me.
BARKHOR STREET is the popular shopping area in Llasa. Each day hundred's of booths are set up with items that can only be found in Tibet. I had so much fun bargaining (it's expected) on beautiful Turquoise and Coral Jewelry
Some Tibetan women wear their hair in 108 Braids, an auspicious number in Buddhism.
Prayer Wheels are used to gain wisdom and good karma and keep bad karma away. Hmm...wonder if I could carry this up and down the aisle on certain flights?
Today 70 percent of the people in Llasa are Chinese and only 30 percent are Tibetan.
The Portola Palace is a masterpiece in Tibetan architecture and a reflection of Tibetan history and culture. The palace is full of sculptures, scripture, murals, Buddha figures and antiques.The PORTOLA PALACE was home to the Dali Lama until 1950 when the country was taken over by China.
When we visited Tibet a few years ago we couldn't enter the country without a tour guide. Our guide was Chinese and wasn't aloud to discuss any issues regarding China invading Tibet.
Tibetans are beautiful people with a beautiful culture. We were so taken by the people that when I saw these beautiful paintings of Tibetan children I knew we had to have them... Read more about our trip through China here.
My favorite Mementos!
The artist takes pictures of children around Llasa then paints them.