A pretty lake area, hike up a small hill early morning to catch the sunrise.

纳木湖,天没亮上个小山看日出和大湖的景色。

This hotel near the lake is decent and popular.

虽然是铁皮屋,但环境还蛮舒适,服务不错。厕所在外,又是肮脏的公厕,所以很不方便。

在这里吸了一晚上的氧气,对我而言,好像没舍舒缓高山症。

Our hostel in Lasa, it's pretty decent, comfy and popular.

这家青旅环境不错,有很多广东人入住,天台可以洗衣晒衣服。多人房条件一般,标间就好多了。

This is a pretty big and modern city, as I have unrealistic expectation of the city being more ancient with an air of mystery and nature.

拉萨是一个相当大的现代城市,完全破灭了我对它不切实际的幻想。庆幸的是还有布达拉宫,古庙和老街。

This is an important temple of the Tibetan Gelu sect and very famous. The interior is pretty cramp given the size and crowd.

It's worthwhile to visit if you hire a guide and interested with the history, and photography of the interior and statues are not allowed.

古庙都是地方小,没啥照明,酥油灯,壁画,神像。这是格鲁派的寺庙,也有佛祖的神像。没人讲解就很快逛完,有讲解也听不了那么多。

This is a famous shopping street surrounding the DaZhaoShi temple.

这里卖的东西重复性蛮高,街道视觉上还是蛮美的。

The Tibetan kitchen is probably overpriced and the food isn't good. The interior is pretty nice though.

又贵又不好吃,环境还不错。

Having a local breakfast at KFC at 9am. Porridge, soy bean and fried fritter.

Business hour: 09:00 - 23:00

拉萨肯德基早餐:皮蛋瘦肉粥,油条的豆浆。

Potala is quite an amazing building and definitely a must visit. The exterior looks very good, and you could took photo of it without paying for entrance fee.

The interior is pretty cramp and gloomy like a temple, with golden pagoda of previous Dalai llama and statues of gods. Again, a tour guide is recommended to get a meaningful grasp of the history and types of statues.

布达拉宫是很壮观,也很好看。入门票也很贵,但一生总要进去朝圣一次吧。票应该要早定,而且参观时间是预定的,也限时一小时。

布宮外观最为迷人,室内空间比较狭窄,看的都是神像和历代达赖喇嘛的灵塔。

Slightly pricier, food quality are below average. Coffee is acceptable, and cheese pizza is good. Pasta and sandwich are not good.

咖啡和起司比萨还可以,其他的不行。

A smaller temple where you can watch monks perform a ritual of debating about Buddha's teachings.

寺庙小,名气大。整体像个小村庄,,最有特色就是辨经。

Reasonable tea, worth a try.

不错的饮料。

We crave for a Cantonese meal in Tibet. The soup and vegetables is pretty good, but glazed pork (Char Siew) is a big disappointment.

Night view of Potala and the musical fountain, probably the best night event at the city.

夜间的布达拉宫,也是特色之一,很多人晚间也聚在这里。

It's temples in a high garden compound.

一个大公园,有几座寺庙。

Back at the youth hotel in Lahsa, this time we get a better quality double room. Seems like a lot of people speak Cantonese here.

双人间舒服多了。

A very affordable places with reasonable quality food.

价钱合理有好吃。

Waiting for our 30+ hour train from Lahsa to Xian.

等待我们从拉萨去西安的火车,30多个小时。

Finally on board the 30+ hours train from Lahsa to Xian. Scenery are the most amazing along KeKeXiLi where elevation is above 4000m. I always like sleepers on train, where the hard berth (6 person per unit) is always the most warming with plenty of opportunity to chit chat with the locals.

Met with 4 retired lady from ZheJiang who enjoy traveling together. They even rent a small plot of land for leisure farming.

The scenery gets boring as we gets nearer to XiNing. We need to switch train at XiNing towards Xian.

终于踏上了从拉萨前往西安的30小时青藏火车。在可可西里一带的景色都很棒,都在海拔4000公尺以上,火车上还有供氧呢。我本人非常喜欢长途卧铺火车(尤其是六人厢),人情为非常浓,也可与本地人畅聊。

遇上了从浙江省来的四位退休女士,大家都喜欢旅游,也非常好客。他们还一起租了一块农地。

越接近西宁,景色就越一般。到了西宁要换车前往西安。