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Himalaya

Day 64: Shigatse to Lhasa

Michael Palin - HimalayaThe new paved road from Shigatse south to Gyantse runs alongside streams and between pollarded willows. We pass through a village that has a big wheel made of wood with boxes fixed to it for local children to sit in and be hoisted aloft. In a field a road gang are having a picnic lunch, shovels all neatly stacked to one side.

Gyantse was once a rich wool town, on the lucrative trade route between Lhasa and India. A huge fort (dzong) dominates the high ground to the south of the town. Migmar and I stand on the battlements and look out over a flat plain that belies the fact that we are at 13,000 feet (3960 m) and still way up in the mountains.

Migmar points out the plastic sheeted greenhouses and the modern housing blocks.

'This place has changed so much in last 20 years. Before, all houses were Tibetan.'
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PALIN'S GUIDES

  • Series: Himalaya
  • Chapter: Day 64: Shigatse to Lhasa
  • Country/sea: Tibet
  • Place: Gyantse
  • Book page no: 154

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