We went to Xiahe beginning of November. As we no now there was a lot of unrest in that city at the time. When we came to the overseas hotel after calling them for directions they told us that there where no dorm available only a room for 200 yuan. We where with three and also a triple room was not available, our friend also had to pay for a double room 200 yuan. The lady who helped us was not honest, we new this straight away it was obvious from the look in her eyes. We decided not to stay here and went nextdoor to tara's guesthouse. There we were informed that in fact they are not allowed at this time to have foreign guests because of the unrest. The man was very helpfull and called the police to try and work something out. It was not possible. When leaving the Tara guesthouse there was a police man waiting for us and kindly but firmly asked us to leave, there was only one hotel where we were allowed to stay and in the morning it would be wise to take the first bus back to Lanzhou he said. We where shown to the hotel far away from the monastery were we payed 160 yuan for a triple room. After this fiasco we understood immediately that the Overseas hotel is taking advantage of this situation and are trying to earn money off unrest between chinese government and tibetan monks. Offcourse they had dorms available because there was nobody there they just knew they could ask for a lot of money because we would be turned away everywhere else. I think this is really really bad and nobody should stay in a hotel managed by people who think this is ok.
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