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... laughs when he's doing 5mph on the wrong side of the road is anyone's guess but he does. Once that problem is resolved we hit the road for a second time. It's about 2 hours to the lake and pretty flat until you get to the mountain pass and then it's up, up and up.
The road up would be brilliant and terrifying to drive in a supercar. We're in a clapped out minibus but Mr Happy has us leaning into the corners while trying ...
... Himalayas. Then the plane ride to Chongqing. There are 32 million people in the municipality of Chongqing, the largest city in the world. Wartime capital of the Nationalists. Nicknames "Foggy City" and "Mountain City". It is known for shipbuilding, steel production. And it is huge and modern and cosmopolitan. We board the Victoria Selina after dinner at a downtown restaurant. This area of the harbor is filled with dinner cruise ...
... chant in front of the Buddha.
An interesting side note -- there is money everywhere. People put money into anything that they consider worthy. Different statues of lamas, of kings, of buddhas, or to the monks themselves. In order to take pictures indoors, I had to pay the resident monk between 10-20 yuan in each chapel. That's about $1.50 - $3.33 at the current exchange rate.
Moving from chapel to chapel and within the chapels meant climbing stairs and ladders. ...
... top. Another thing ticked off the bucket list :) Day 7 - Today we drove back to Lhasa and had a few short stops along the way. The first stop was at Palkor Monastery which was pretty much the same as all the other monasteries! Next we went to see the Karola glacier which is 5560m above sea level and is the second highest glacier in Tibet (after Everest). The glacier was pretty spectacular and we were tempted to take a photo of ourselves in front of it and pretend it was Everest but ...
... where a beautiful turkey river (that seemed more like a lake), surrounded by sandy dunes with rocky mountains on the background: this all left us with an open mouth.
Do you know when in The Lion King, Mufasa shows to Simba all his kingdom and tell him the famous sentence: "Look, Simba. Everything the light touches is our kingdom"?
That was basically what appeared under our eyes! Magical moment!
Unfortunately, we couldn't enjoy it so much, since our driver ...