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Himalaya

Day 66: Lhasa

Michael Palin - HimalayaOld Lhasa can still be found – the Sera monastery was established in 1419 and the Jokhang Temple long before that – but new Lhasa is growing with an overwhelming momentum, and it has nothing to do with religion. This is a secular, consumerist boom, and from the lingerie ads to the health clubs to the main street boutiques with names like Ku-La-La, Eastern Camel and Gay Mice, it's clear where the new influences are coming from. America, via China.

Take some food to John, as the hospital doesn't provide anything. He now has the ward to himself, as the young Korean with cerebral oedema checked himself out in the middle of last night. John thinks he simply couldn't afford to stay.
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PALIN'S GUIDES

  • Series: Himalaya
  • Chapter: Day 66: Lhasa
  • Country/sea: Tibet
  • Place: Lhasa
  • Book page no: 161

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