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For Gert who showed lately some photos from Tibet from his wonderful rich archive.
I was in China in 2006, travelling around a lot and visiting many places. The highlight of the journey was a four days trip to Tibet. It was easier to go there than I supposed. We booked a flight in the hostel in Chengdu. One had to get permission and to go with a guide. But the guy from hostel went with us as a guide with the permission (we even didn't see it) to the airport but didn't go with us. Of course, we wanted to see Potala Palace inside. It was a fun! The first afternoon I went to find the place to buy tickets. They told me I should come the next day at seven in the morning. I went and there was quite a crowd waiting. I managed to be in front. Then the wrote all data from the passport in a special copy book and wrote with a pen something on my arm. They told me to came at twelve a.m. again. When I came it appeared that the sign on my arm was the number five in the queue. There was a long bench and everyone sat there according the number. I think there were about more than 200 persons. Again the data from passports were checked and I received a paper with which I should come the next day at 8.30 to the entrance on the other side of the palace (still they were not the tickets!). The next day we all four (my husband and my two friends) went there, bought tickets, and hurrah! we could go inside. There was a control more strong as on the airports, they took matches and lighters. The interior was splendid and well worth all this trouble. But it was not allowed to make photos, i haven't any. I do not remember well but I think they didn't speak English. I had to use my Chinese and hands. Luckily we were there four days and not only three.

In WS you can see me sitting in the queue.

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