12.08.2011 - 12.08.2011 17 °C
Fascinating city, and slightly crazy, but in a good way. Our early morning arrival allowed us to experience the very congested driving and the excellent skill of the local drivers to squeeze land cruisers into a gap only really big enough for a mini! The LG guesthouse 1 was friendly, very clean and only a few minutes from the station.
We hired a couple of people to drive us to the sights beyond the centre. The gandan monastery was busy in contrast to the summer and winter palaces. The latter had hardly any tourists, and it felt as if we had the place to ourselves. While the exteriors were dishevelled and in need of paint etc, the interiors were brilliant and exhibits well presented and in great condition. If only Beijing's forbidden city had been so conserved...
As for the city and people - crazy but friendly.