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Oct 1, 2010 - Tibet Lhasa

Tibet is now part of China but us as foreigners had to get a permit and only enter the country with a travel company. Arrived in Lhasa (capital of Tibet) by plane. What an amazing flight we could almost touch the mountains. The plane landed in a valley (which more or less was a flood plain). Lhasa is 3595m above sea level (Carrauntoohill Ireland's highest mt is only 1038m above sea level) Its a very strange feeling being so high up. Constantly out of breath, not able to walk very far. Our tour guide is Tibetan and really interesting. You...

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Aug 25, 2010 - Tibet

17 August Today we went to Beijing west railway station and caught the train to lasa in Tibet. It left at 7:30pm. 18 august Today we woke up on the train and we were on a tundra that was frozen every year all year! We went through the tallest tunnel in the world witch is 5100 meters tall! Then we arrived in lasa and went to our hotel to sleep. 19 august Today we went to the potala palace and then we went to a monastary and went home. I really liked the potala palace but the monastary was quite boring and once we had been to both I was...

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Aug 25, 2010 - Tibet

18 Aug It's our second day on the train. The scenery outside has changed a lot since leaving Beijing. At first it was city, then steep hillsides covered in vegetation and fields of corn and sunflowers, next dry hills with fields of a different crop. This morning when we woke up we were in high altitude tundra, permafrost and all. I've seen very hairy cows (yaks?) out the window, as well as sheep (hairy looking, not woolly) and small deer (like reindeer). We've just been through the highest rail tunnel in the world - 5000m, dug through...

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Davis Family 2010

Aug 25, 2010 - Tibet

Hello, 16th august We caught the train from beijing west railway station to lhasa in tibet. The train left at 7:30pm and arrived into lhasa 2 days later! 17th august. I woke up and then played games. Then we went down and watched a few movies. When we had finished the last movie mum showed us a new game that we could play. It was called Gambling pirates. I really liked it. There were two ships of a few colours in the middle. One big and one small. The colours were yellow, blue, green and red. 4 flags of one colour meant that you got the...

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Apr 25, 2010 - Shigaste and Everest

Well, this will probably be my last post, since I leave Tibet tomorrow on my way back home to Canada. I came, saw, and now am ready to go home and relax. Who ever said holidays were relaxing? Actually, my trip has been great, as have all of the emails I have received from my friends and family back home. It has been a long trip and I am anxious to see all of you and share more stories and hundreds of pictures(if you think hundreds is a lot you should how many pictures I have taken. I have filled 4 GB of memory cards!) The last part of my...

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Apr 22, 2010 - Lhasa - Potala Palace and other temples

Woke up this morning still feeling kind of rough. Not getting much sleep and it isn't from a lack of trying. I was in bed yesterday at 2100 hrs and did not fall asleep until about 0400 hrs. Apparently that is normal for visitors to Lhasa. If it is this bad already I cannot imagine that I will get any sleep when we are at Everest base camp (5,100 m). You have an option of trekking up to the base camp, approximately 7 km but I am not sure if I can muster the strength to walk it. Our trip to the Potala palace went fairly well this morning. It...

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Apr 21, 2010 - Exploring Lhasa

Had a bit of a hard night last night but did manage to get some sleep. Woke up feeling much better this morning but I have some kind of bites on my feet. Not sure what they are but they seem to be the same as the sand flee bites I had in Afghanistan. Itchy but otherwise not a big problem once your boots are on. I am in a three star hotel, called the Tangka hotel, and it seem fairly nice so I am not quite sure what happened. One thing I am sure of though is that tonight I will wear socks to bed! Met up with the guide at 0930 hrs and we went...

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Apr 20, 2010 - Transit to Lhasa-Tibet

Started my transit to Tibet yesterday. Fairly uneventful at the airport and was able to fly out to Chengdu. The service on the aircraft in China is excellent. They are very courteous and always feed you a meal or a snack when travelling and they usually arrive early. Imagine that! I had something to eat for dinner which included pork and some rice. It was fine and filled the hole for the time being. Got into Chengdu and that is where some of the problems began. Arrived at 2200 hrs tried to get a taxi to take me to the hotel. I had the name...

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Nov 16, 2009 - Lhasa - The Potala

The Potala. For me it is the icon of Tibet. Up close it is quite magnificent. At one time it was the tallest building in the world. Considering the fact that it was built in the 1600s it is an architectural masterpiece。 These days it is just a museum,maintained by the Chinese for us tourists. No more Dalai Lama living here, nor anyone else for that matter. Consequently there is none of the ambiance that you find at the working monasteries. Some fine gold and jewel encrusted buddhas,carving,metal work,and paintings. But a sad lack of...

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Nov 16, 2009 - Lhasa - Dancing Ladies in the Barkhor

I went for a walk around the Barkhor and was very lucky to see a group of ladies, in traditional Tibetan dress. They stopped at one of the four incense burners in the Barkhor and began to sing and dance. Interspersed with drinking rice wine. They were obviously quite merry. A crowd gathered to watch and enjoy – even the monks were taking photographs. Unfortunately the gathered crowd upset the police, and soon the police and then the army came in and forced the crowd to disperse and move on. So the ladies moved on, singing and dancing, to...

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Nov 15, 2009 - Lhasa - Jokhang and the Barkhor

The Johkang temple/monastery is the most celebrated temple in Tibet. People apparently sell all of their possessions just to travel here and see the buddha inside the temple. Jokhang means "House of the Buddha". During the week there is a line of pilgrims waiting to get in. The line stretches around the Barkhor - the square and street that surrounds the Johkang temple. Pilgrims undertake a circumambulation - a circular waolk or kora - around the Barkhor, some of them prostrating (lying on the floor) themselves as they go. The police and...

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Nov 15, 2009 - Lhasa - Shey Monastery

Sera monastery is one of the “big three” monasteries in Tibet. Before the Chinese invasion of 1959 it housed more then 5000 monks. By 2008 this was down to 550. In 2008 and the “Tibetan Unrest” the Chinese either shot or imprisoned the majority of monks。 Pre 2008 you could watch the monks debating. We were told that the monks are no longer allowed to debate,although I met other tourists who saw them doing studies that looked remarkably similar。When we were there the place was deserted. You can't take photos inside the monastery, and the...

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