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Travel Blogs from Lhasa
... capital city of Tibet during its years of independence, on 26 January 2014. I was quite taken aback by the barren and dry landscape that greeted us on arrival. Bare, brown rocky mountains with not a green tree in sight. I suppose, being winter and 3 600 m above sea level the cold dry landscape should not have come as too much of a surprise.
Lhasa is nestled like an oasis in between these brown mountains and nothingness. The city, which I imagine before the ...
... large metal kind of
watering can and then each bike had to be filled using that!! What a grand
Finally with all the bikes filled up we left and headed
off into the country. The first 50 or so km were rather boring. The road was
quite busy and was simply just full of farms and factories etc. Eventually we
were out into the true countryside and soon we found ourselves again climbing
higher and higher into the mountains.
The higher we got the ...
... a lot of pictures. Just an FYI. In the afternoon we visited Sera Monastery where we completed a kora. A kora is a Tibetan practice of walking around a sacred site in a clockwise direction. Every day people complete a kora around the Potala Palace and many other sites in Tibet. We had our best meal in Tibet thus far in a woman's home. It was an amazing experience, and of course we had more Lhasa beer.
Tomorrow we start our drive to Everest. ...
We had a late buffet breakfast and set off for Tashilumpo monastery. Dedicated to the yellow hat sect and the Panchen Lama. Same, same but different again. This time we learnt what a great man the 10th Penchan Lama had been. The Chinese government had given him a choice during the "Cultural Revolution" to either get married (not allowed by the sect) of have Jonkhung temple destroyed. Of course he married. They then destroyed the stupors of the ...
Our week-long tour of one of the world's most famous and hard to reach destinations started with a 44 hour train ride from Chengdu. The railline itself costs billions and reaches heights of over 5000 metres (above sea-level, not the ground, that would just be scary). Oxygen is pumped into counter the thinning of the air and some of the tracks at the highest points have cooling pipes underneath to make sure they don't sink during the brief ...