PPT.HERIBERTO SEDENO VISITS LHASA CAPITAL OF TIBET

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From Chengdu, China, Heriberto Sedeno flew to Lhasa the capital of Tibet located on the Himalayan plateau at an elevation of 12,000 feet. This area is commonly referred to as “the Roof of the World”. From the airport to the hotel, Mr. Sedeno felt the effects of high altitude, such as labored breathing so he decided to spend the remainder of the day acclimating to the high altitude.

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HERIBERTO SEDENO VISITS LHASA CAPITAL OF TIBET

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From Chengdu, China, Heriberto Sedeno flew to Lhasa the capital of Tibet located on the Himalayan plateau at an elevation of 12,000 feet. This area is commonly referred to as “the Roof of the World”. From the airport to the hotel, Mr. Sedeno felt the effects of high altitude, such as labored breathing so he decided to spend the remainder of the day acclimating to the high altitude. Tibet is a profoundly spiritual place where Buddhism has infused all aspects of life for 13 centuries. Mr. Sedeno first visited a Tibetan family on the country side, admiring their deeply religious way of life and their simple style of conducting their daily chores. The family offered a traditional reception of tea with yak butter (called butter tea).

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The next stop took Mr. Sedeno to Jokhang Monastery, Tibet’s holiest temple dating to mid-7th century, as well as to the summer palace “Norbulingka” previous residence of the currently exiled (since 1960) Dalai Lama. The last stop: the 17th century Potala Palace which contains 200,000 Buddha images and 1,000 rooms with intricate Buddhist wood carvings and embroidered curtains. Where the Dalai Lama conducted state and religious affairs and his winter residence. Close to the Potala Palace lies the Sera Monastery founded in 1419, last complex devoted to Buddhist scholarship and teaching.

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During the 1959 revolt in Lhasa, which led to the Dalai Lama’s exile, Sera monastery suffered severe damage, with its colleges destroyed and hundreds of monks killed. Over the years Sera monastery has returned to its former state as a prime Buddhist teaching center with over 3,000 monks. One interesting teaching method amongst the old and young monks is the “Monk Debates” method where monks gather daily to debate each other on fundamentals tenets of Buddhist. From Lhasa Mr. Sedeno flew to Chongquin a bustling port city on the Yangtze River. Upon arrival he visited the Stilwell Museum, which narrates the history of World War II in this region and the influence of US General Joseph Stilwell and the Dazu Rock Buddhist Carvings dating to the 13th century.

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At Chongquin, Mr. Sedeno boarded the “Queen Victoria” a charming river cruise boat on the Yangtze River to visit sites along the river. The Ghost City of Fengdu which is a place to learn about Chinese ghost culture, the afterlife, and to see what the Chinese would call a “model of hell.” Fengdu became known as Ghost City in the Tang Dynasty (618-907). After passing thru the Qutang Gorge, Mr. Sedeno boarded a small sampan for a brief cruise through the stunning Small Three Gorges. Back on the “Queen Victoria” the cruise took Mr. Sedeno on his last leg of the tour the immense Three Gorges Dam one of the largest feats of modern engineering in the world, disembarking in the city of Yichang where he boarded an Air China flight to Shanghai.

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At Shanghai, located on the Yangtze River delta, Mr. Sedeno visited many historic and modern sites such as, the Bund, Shanghai Museum, Yu Gardens and Bazaar, the French Concession, the Oriental Pearl TV Tower with a magnificent 360 degree view of the city.

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