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Published: October 20th 2008
This is a 7100m or so peak, it's beautiful
Ni Hao everyone,
a quick catch up to show you some of the many (500+) photos I've taken of Tibet!
So far the journey has been a bit exhausting as we have travelled huge distances in a very short time. In a Tibetan walnut shell it has been:
London-Shanghai (lovely BA delays nearly spoiled the whole thing)
Shanghai airport - Shanghai on the lovely, lovely Maglev (430kmph!)
Shanghai - Lhasa on the new Qinghai railway (2717miles and highest point 5700m) Top Tip - take your own loo roll!
Lhasa - Nyningchi (near the border with India, 350km)
Lhasa - Shigastse (half way to Everest, 250km)
And now back to Beijing via Chengdu, it's been a long trip!
There is just too much to write about what we have seen, so I've summerised it in my Tibet Top Ten:
1) Everything in Tibet is 'Holy' (or as our guide would say 'holly'). Holy trees, holy rocks, holy mountains, holy lakes etc. You name it, it's holy.
2) Yaks are everywhere, literally everywhere. They are well used though, yak's meat (good Karma), yak's butter tea (bad Karma), yak's hair, yak's leather, yak's bone. They don't waste a thing.
It's so cool and fast at 430kmh!
3) It's high, very high. Lhasa is about 3700m, we went over some passes about 5700m. The altitude affected me a bit, at the highest point walking around was like being drunk.
4) Animals roam free. Must be the best free range in the world. Yaks, donkeys, cows, sheep, goat and pigs are everywhere. If you are planning a journey in Tibet, make sure to choose the 'least animals on road' option on your GPS.
5)Temples and monks smell of yak's butter, it's not pleasant.
6)The scenery is absolutely STUNNING, and it just goes on forever, the place is huge.
7) Pilgrims do the craziest things. They prostrate themselves along the road all the way to Lhasa. It takes them months.
8) Overtaking on the roads in Tibet requires exhaustive use of the horn, quite useful on those twisty mountain roads.
9)Yak's poo is everywhere. As they use it for fuel, it's stuck all over their houses to dry.
10) There are lots and lots of Buddhas, millions of them. And King Songsangambo (sp?) and Lamas and the like. My favorite is Shakyoumoney Buddha, well it sounded something like that.
Jouney to the West
Only 49 hours on a train, a small commute
time to go out and look at something in Beijing
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