The streets of Lhasa in Tibet - China


In the center of Lhasa - the capital of the autonomous area Tibet in China - is Tibet’s most sacred site, the Jokhang Temple. Along the innermost of the three pilgrim routes, pilgrims move around in the temple in a clockwise direction while walking on a 0.5 mi. long Barkhor .

When in front of the temple, many throw themselves flat along the ground. Some pilgrims also move this way from their home villages to the temple, and measure the path in the number of body lengths. Spinning the prayer drum or prayer mill means that the prayer is being read for every turn.

From a western point of view Lhasa is still a mysterious town on the roof of the world. Impressions from the streets of Lhasa provide some insight into the everyday life of the people.

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