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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timecapturer (41826) 2013-03-10 4:10
magnificent shot of a magnificent place. Your POV perfectly chosen to show the size and imposition of this amazing structure. Looks like a climb but worth it I bet! Glorious!
Enjoy your Sunday - regards Brian.
snunney (76402) 2013-03-10 4:25
A fine point of view on this impressive palace rising in steps up the hillside. A well exposed image with very good colours and sharpness. I like the depth offered by the contrasting greenery in the foreground.
tedesse (24706) 2013-03-10 4:57
Interesujace wspomnienia z Tybetu!
Doskonaly POV i DOF, piekna kompozycja pokazujaca wielkosc tej imponujacej budowli. Super kolory i swiatlo, dobra ostrosc.
Sergiom (50600) 2013-03-10 5:40
C'est très impressionnant cette structure qui s'accroche aux flancs de la colline. Le point de vue lui rend justice , la lumière est éclatante et les détails d'une grande netteté.
saxo042 (35810) 2013-03-10 6:05
A very good picture of this well known and impressive picture. Your inclusion of the modern world below, with cars and shops, makes it even more interesting. Also a very interesting note and WS picture.
holmertz (34647) 2013-03-10 7:18
Thanks for your kind dedication. This is a fine picture with good colours, exposure etc, but the street below the palace looks quite different from what I remember it 20 years earlier. Well, every place changes in 20 years, so that's not a surprise. The main difference seems to be the bureaucracy for visiting the Potala. I enjoyed your amusing note and I had to check my diary to see what the rules were like in 1986. There was not a word about this kind of hassle that you experienced. I just noted that the visitors were shown along a marked route through the building, that it was not allowed to take photos but that nobody cared about the American and Japanese groups who were firing off their flashes all the time. One monk even asked me to take pictures in one place (which I couldn't do because I had no flash), and only when a Chinese policeman came close did he tell people to stop taking pictures. I wrote that there were crowds of visitors, but getting a ticket was obviously so easy that I didn't even mention it.
Yes, things change.
ikeharel (48330) 2013-03-10 7:37
good afternoon Malgo,
fantastic view over the most known Tibetean castle/palace.
Bright daylight welcomed you, and you had achieved a fabulous clear sight in picture.
Fis2 (79798) 2013-03-10 13:07
Ciekawe miejsce, ciekawe spojrzenie.
Bardzo interesujaca architektura.
Dobre swiatlo i kolory.
tyro (17250) 2013-03-10 15:31
What an interesting note - and what an ordeal you had to endure to get into Potala Palace! And no photographs inside either? Oh, dear. But, in your workshop, I see you waiting patiently - you even have a smile on your face!!
A lovely photograph and a fine memory of Tibet. A well composed picture with glorious colours and lovely light too. Lots of details and excellent clarity and sharpness.
Sonata11 (32261) 2013-03-10 17:07
wspaniale wspomnienia z pobytu w Tybet. Rzeczywiscie sa miejsca gdzie mozna uzyc kamery. Dla nas jako tutystow jest to niesamowite, ale co zrobic trzeba sie dostosowac do ich zyczen. Chociaz w glebi serca tak stasznie kusi, ale juz na to nie mamy wplywu. Tak samo bylo na zamku w Monte Carlo, tez nie pozwolili robic zadnych zdjec. Przyznam sie ze zapomina sie po pewnym czasie. Powracajac do zdjecia to jest piekne i ta budowla jest ogramna i bardzo impnujaca. Chcialabym kiedys zobaczyc. Bardzo ladna praca. Czy zobaczymy wiecej zdjec z Tybet? Bardzo mi sie podoba. Dziekuje.
jjcordier (70549) 2013-03-10 23:32
Bonne image du célébrissime Potala mais surtout une très intéressante note, très personnalisée!
ChrisJ (93442) 2013-03-11 0:43
I can't imagine living almost 14,000 feet above sea level! This is a tough shot to work out the perspective for. I might have gone a little more to the right as the line of pine trees in the park seem tilted to the left. But other parts of the image look perfectly aligned. Terrific color, saturation, framing and sharpness. Tfs!
marabu61 (6491) 2013-03-12 12:25
What a great story, I'd never have imagined it to be that difficult to visit that palace.
But your view on it, besides that it is a great photo with a good overview over the plaace, gives a very good contrast to Gert's older photos, showing us that even in a far remote place like Tibet, time isn't standing still.
have a good evening
mkamionka (28422) 2013-03-13 9:59
zupelnie inaczej wyobrazalem sobie to miejsce. Zdjecia ktore widzialem do tej pory byly pelne starej architektury a tutaj na pierwszym planie pojawia sie cos w rodzaju pensjonatu w nowoczesnym stylu jak rowniez nowoczesne samochody ktore psuja stylowa atmosfere tego miejsca. Jakos wydawalo mi sie ze tam dotrzec mozna co najwyzej na osiolku :)
Tak czy owak rozumiem co napisalas w komentarzu do najnowszego zdjecia z tego miejsca jakie wkleilas: ja rowniez sporo miejsc odwiedzilem z nienajlepszym aparatem lub o zgrozo bez aparatu i teraz bardzo tego zaluje. No ale czasu cofnac sie nie da. Zreszta teraz mam swietny aparat ale za to lezy on wiekszosc czasu w szafie i rdzewieje :(
Mam nadzieje ze wiosna wreszcie nadejdzie i bede mial okazje wyruszyc na jakies wycieczki w okolice.