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Himalaya

Day 38: Dharamsala and McLeodganj

Michael Palin - Himalaya'These people find it very, very difficult to preserve their own cultural heritage. So that's on the negative side.'

Unexpectedly, he picks out the modern buildings in Lhasa as a positive, but is worried that the big new blocks are being filled up by Chinese, not Tibetan workers. The unskilled Chinese make money more easily.

Another positive is, he says, the growing interest in spirituality in China. There is great interest in Buddhism in 'China proper', as he calls it. Especially, he notes, among the richer Chinese.

He's engagingly happy to talk about everyday life.

'One week ago I return from United States. Sleep not much problem, but my stomach still on American time.'

He pats his midriff.

'Toilet usually morning, but nowadays it's evening.'

He beams mischievously.

'That can't change through prayer.'

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PALIN'S GUIDES

  • Series: Himalaya
  • Chapter: Day 38: Dharamsala and McLeodganj
  • Country/sea: India
  • Place: McLeodganj
  • Book page no: 86

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