Roof of the World

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Leaving Everest Base Camp, Michael Palin takes the high road to Lhasa to see for himself what the Chinese have done to Tibet. From the Potala Palace to the great monasteries of Tashilunpo and Sera, he sees that religion is once again tolerated, while at the same time the old Tibetan centre of the city is being torn down and replaced with modern Chinese shopping malls and nightclubs. Following the pilgrims North to the great, holy salt lake of Namtso, he finally heats up in an Olympic-sized hot spring, before learning how to milk a yak and make cheese with a nomad family with whom he then travels to the summer horse festival in Yushu.