The China-appointed Panchen Lama Gyaltsen Norbu, who has been in Tibet for probably the longest uninterrupted stay yet, reached Shigatse on September 15, and gave an audience to the monks of the Tashi Lhunpo monastery the same day. He visited the main hall of the monastery on September 16 and watched the annual Chum festival on September 22. On September 24, he reached Drolmo (Dromo) county (Yadong) in Xigatze. In Yadong County, he visited a Kagyu Monastery in Nathu La. There he was said to have met the monks and worshipped at Kargyur hall, Dolma hall, Jokhang. On September 25, he took a bus to Dungkar Temple, which is at the lowest elevation in the county and met monks in the main hall of the monastery. He also went to the Dungkar Patriotic Education Base and listened to the stories of the people living there. On September 26, he reached Jiru Temple, which is situated more than 4700 meters above the sea level, and gave teachings to the monks on the ‘three main paths’ and also blessed the exhibition of Buddha’s Thangkas. Reportedly "regardless of fatigue", on September 27, he drove to the Riqiong Boduo Temple, located in Pali Town, Yadong County, more than 4,300 meters above sea level. There he met the monks in the main hall and also visited Jokhang and Dolma Lhakhang.

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