Tibet

Photographs by Shaun O'Boyle

In the Tibetan quarter in Lhasa. This is the area in the city where I stayed, away from all the ugly concrete government buildings. Many people were out shopping for goods, listening to the monks play music and wandering around the city center. 

It was a market day and everyone was out shopping in the many stalls and squares in the Tibetan quarter of the city. Monks were chanting from texts,  playing drums, reading religious texts and spinning prayer wheels. 

Good aggressive friendly bargaining is required when making a purchase in Lhasa, as in most places in Asia. The first price quoted is just a test, usually at least double the real asking price, and perhaps many times the usual asking price if you are a foreign traveler like myself. Never pay the initial asking price and bargain in good humor.

I found a street stall selling yogurt in glass bottles, it was some of the best yogurt I have ever tasted, so I made frequent stops back for more.

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