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Travel Blogs from Xigaze
... that the required permit would come tomorrow. We would be staying in the border town of Tatopani tonight. We had the choice to take taxi or walk to the hotel about a 1/2 hour down the road and some of us decided to walk. The hotel was fairly nice and our guide offered to buy us a beer at 7:00 for our troubles of the day.
We just relaxed in the hotel restaurant and a lady from the restaurant pointed out a mother and young deer on a ledge across the river. I took a short ...
... not ride our bikes across the bridge. Right in the centre of the bridge is
the border line where we were to stop and be checked and then continue into
Tibet. On the far side was a wonderful Chinese style building with well dressed
guards standing watching as we arrive.
As if we were not fed up already trying to get out of
Nepal it was to be even longer getting into China!!! We sat about outside until
finally they called us in and we and all our bags etc scanned ...
... hanging from each telegraph pole along the streets. It was like spaghetti
junction. There was simply thousands of cables just strung along every inch of
every street. Better still, these looked like telephone cables but somehow I
don't think that's what they were being used for and looking at the connections
some of them were feeding high voltage electricity to buildings or simply
In these towns you could encounter anything
from 3 wheeled bicycles ...
After the excitement and adreneline highs of the day we all retired to the Karma bar for a well earned beer and some bar snacks, the day to its toll on a couple of the girls who were fast asleep on the day beds in no time!
The next day was a relaxing one for Julie, she was taking advantage of the excellent ...
... porters wait round at the border earning about 10 Yuan for each trip...a quid. I was embarrassed to see a woman, aged somewhere between 30 and 50 stooping as she carried our two kit bags (35kg combined) and two other similar bags. She probably only had to walk 500m, but carrying about 70kg! I determined that I'd give her another 20 Yuan if we saw her on the other side. Unfortunately it was not to be, as Chinese Tibet/Tibetan politics got in the way.
We were now travelling on ...