Tibet: Day 5 - Lhasa

04 October 2007

Urban sketching in Tibet.

Jokhang temple

The rooftop of the Jokhang Temple in Lhasa, the holiest site in Tibetan Buddhism. I’m sitting in the shade of a wall, trying to keep out of everyone’s way, but the Chinese tourists are fascinated by what I’m doing. In minutes, I’m surrounded by them, watching every brushstroke. I’ve had my photo taken hundreds of times.

Potala Palace

When I show this drawing to one of our Tibetan drivers, he puts his thumb over the Chinese flag.