Right: Yumbulagang, Tsetang.
I though I'd get out of Lhasa for a bit so I bowled on down to Tsetang, Tibet's third biggest city. What I found was basically a very boring very Chinese city with overpriced hotels.
I did enjoy my visit to Yumbulagang Palace (above) though, which was built more than 2000 years ago.It's small but quite picturesque, jutting out from the rocks.
Tsetang is near the site where in ancient times a monkey mated with an ogress giving rise to the Tibetan people. The six offspring of this unlikely union are represented by the six principle tribes of Tibet. The monkey is frequently associated with Avalokiteshvara, the bodhisattva of compassion (known to Tibetans as Chenrezi), though the myth clearly predates Buddhism.