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Uncle's Family Visit to Tibet: A Hsu Family Travellogue

The Potala Palace1, by David Kuei-Yu Hsu, 2001

In 2001, my father's younger brother, David Hsu, took a trip to Tibet with his wife and daughters (my cousins Ruby and Connie) and his son-in-law Ed Swanson, an archaeologist.

This summer (starting 07 Aug 2004), he followed this trip up, taking a tour of Shangri-La with his wife.

Edit, 07:25 CDT Thu 07 Oct 2004:
The photos are here.
Thanks to phawkwood and masteralida for pointing the way towards JAlbum.

1 More about the Potala Palace, from
Lhasa means “sacred land” in Tibetan, and Potala Palace, the architectural wonder in the center of Lhasa, is the symbol of that sacred land. When the thirty-third King of Tibet, Soongtsan Gampo, was married in 641 to Princess Wen Cheng of the Tang Dynasty, he had 999 houses built on Hongshan Hill for his bride, as well as the red building at the top of the hill. The Buddhists later named it Potala Palace, meaning the sacred land of Buddhism.

Ravaged by lightning, fire, and war, the original palace was severely damaged. In the restored palace we see today, the white buildings on either side, called the White Palace, were built three hundred years ago by the fifth Dalai Lama as living quarters. The central building, called the Red Palace, was built by the disciple of the fifth Dalai Lama and contains mourning halls and libraries.


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