"Go to Lhasa before its ruined!!!" Lhasa by sugarpuff
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This was my first time so far west of the country and I was very excited about going. As I have written on my TIBET page introduction, I was given the opportunity to go as part work and part pleasure so I accepted immediately thinking that I probably wouldn't get such a wonderful chance like that again. So off I went for a week in September. I saw so many sights and sites that I hadnt deemed possible and so many tales to tell which hopefully will be read by YOU throughout these pages! There are many pages on Lhasa and surrounding areas on VT so Im trying to take a different stance as always and bring some knowledge of their customs to you rather than information soley about places to see and things to do!
I adore taking photos of people who dress in a unique and different way to those I am surrounded by on a day to day basis. I was also lucky to have some very understanding audiences too which is not always easy as other VTers have pointed out from their trips around China. There were times when people asked for a fee or they refused to be photographed, but on the whole, photographing people was fairly easy and fun too!!! Many older people in Tibet do not like to be photographed as they believe a bit of their soul will be lost, so of course I respected that and I didn't push them, but others seemed to enjoy the process, especially when I showed them it straight after...god bless digital cameras! I am going to dedicate a page to the people I caught on camera throughout my week there..hope you like them!
As you may have seen on my TIBET page opening, there is a picture of this little boy as well. I was with a tour group who wanted to look around a monastery far longer than I deemed acceptable(!), so walked outside into the sunshine (don't get much of that in Beijing!) and met this young boy. He was a little wary of me in the beginning but then when he saw me playing with my camera and taking photos of the dogs roaming around near us, he soon became my friend...in fact my ONLY Tibetan friend on the whole journey! We played together taking photos of eachother and all the dogs for the next 15 mins until I had to move on. He looked a bit sad to see me walking away as I was too, but I'm hoping he's made some more friends since meeting me!
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