German Couple Pursue Dreamy Site of Shangri-la
   2013-07-11 07:17:38    Xinhua      Web Editor: Guo Jing

Photo shows German couple, Jak and his wife, staying with their friends in Tibet. [Photo: 51tibettour.com]

"The blue sky, white clouds, the Potala Palace, monasteries, sweet tea, wedding ceremonies in the holy place... Is there any other place than Tibet in the world waiting for us with such folklores?"

Writing down the journal on a diary book given by their daughter was a German couple, who believed their children would visit Tibet one day as well and pursue the dreamy site of "Shangri-la" by tracing along their footmarks.

At the first arrival in Lhasa, Jak, who seemed to have no idea about the ultra-violet intensity there, visited the Drepung, Sera and Ganden monasteries under the scorching sun. As a result, his skins began to peel off before he set off for the next destination -- the Jokhang Temple.

Sitting in front of the gate to the temple, the man drank water in gulps, surrounded by a crowd of Tibetan children curious about such an exotic. Carefully pinching the blond fine hair on his arms with their little fingers but fearing to pluck it off, these kids burst into a hearty laughter instantly.

"'Jak' is pronounced the same as the animal 'yak' in Tibet," a friend noted. "He is exactly a clumsy golden yak," Jak's wife added with a laughter.

"In fact, I know the fierce rays of the sunlight in Lhasa, but I just want to experience this atmosphere this way," said Jak.

Around the Barkhor Street, the hub of commercial and cultural activities in downtown Lhasa, alleys were filled with a lingering smell of incense from unknown lamaseries. Comers and goers, in twos or threes, rolling prayer wheels, could be seen from time to time.

Surprised to find lamaseries in such quiet alleys, though, he seldom took photos with his digital camera.

"Record by taking photos is hasty and superficial. I prefer another amiable way to establish ties with Lhasa; that is, to leave the way it made me feel in my heart other than in the camera."

Speaking of their original intention of visiting Tibet, Jak said: "Lhasa is a place of wonder, awash with legends and myths. The legend about Shambhala (transliteration of Shangri-la in the Tibetan language) existed in Tibet long before. That is an everlasting, serene and enchanting secret land for us."

Taking out from his backpack a notebook pasted with a photo of a boy and girl, the man said: "This is my children's gift. They asked us to write our diary in Tibet so that they will come here to explore our tracks and pursue Shangri-la in their hearts."

Time passed away with the rolling of prayer wheels. When Lhasa greeted the morning sun of another day, Jak and his wife had embarked on the road to northern Tibet's Ngari Prefecture, renowned as the "roof of the world's roof," moving increasingly closer to the "Lost Horizon."

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