Photographer's Note

Occasionally during my stay in Lhasa I rented a bike to get out of town. One of those days I went to see the large Drepung monastery, a couple of kilometers west of the city. It was built on a hillside above the main road. Cycling on the flat road was quite easy and comfortable , but going up the hill on the gravel road leading to the monastery I felt the altitude of 3,600 meters paining my lungs.

Drepung was more than just the monastery. It was almost like I imagined a small Sicilian town (at least that was what I wrote in my diary, without having ever been to Sicily – that was to take me another 32 years) with steep lanes between high walls, where open gates allowed me to look into dark courtyards. It was harvesting time and men and women were busy gathering bales of hay in a field and carrying them on their backs through the town up the steep streets.

Here is a larger version.

In another WS is a view of the monastery from below. All photos were scanned from Kodachrome slides.

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Additional Photos by Gert Holmertz (holmertz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 8766 W: 495 N: 17173] (76942)
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