Nun polishing Bowl

SYNOPSIS:  About yet another monastery and about an outrageous Chinese policy of 2015 which almost drove my driver into bankruptcy.

The Chinese flag and a big poster with all the political figureheads from Mao Tse Tung until today were prominently displayed once you entered the gate to the oldest monastery of Tibet:  Samye; permanent reminder of who is in charge around here.

My guidebook (from 2001), talked about a ferry going across a river to get to Samye, and about a shuttle truck going from the ferry stop to the site across rough terrain.  How times have changed!VIEW PHOTOS AND READ THE WHOLE STORY