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Aug 28, 2011 - Lhasa, Tibet - ** Tibet Blog **

Fortunately after the exertion of Emei Shan next up was a 44 hour train journey to Lhasa (capital of Tibet) from Chengdu – very little to do but sit and watch the views go by. Billed as the world’s highest train journey, it climbed up to the Tibetan plateau reaching nearly 5,000m at times. Given the quick gains in altitude we had to sign a health disclaimer when we boarded. Amongst other conditions this warned against “highly dangerous pregnant women” travelling. The train journey itself was stunning. It was hard to believe our eyes as...

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May 20, 2011 - Lhasa, Tibet

My first R&R turned out to be just as incredible as I had hoped it would be. It started out bumpy...very bumpy. Turns out getting a Chinese visa and Tibet Travel Permit in one day isn't all that easy when there is a general strike happening in Kathmandu. After running back and forth from Thamel (Kathmandu's tourist and hotel district), to the Chinese Embassy, to travel agencies, I finally got my visa 45 minutes before my flight to Tibet the following morning. After convincing myself that I just spent $200 on a visa I’ll never use because...

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Oct 27, 2010 - Lhasa

Auf der Fahrt nach Lhasa vorbei an tuerkisblauen Seen, unsrem letzten 5000er Pass an einem maechtigem Gletscher, hinab auf knapp ueber 3600m nach Lhasa. Dann der Schock. Alle paar Meter Militaer. Viele Checkpoints, eine moderne Industriestadt, Neu-Lhasa, die Tibeter in Alt-Lhasa. An allen Altstadtzugaengen vom Militaer kontrolliert, in den Strassen von schwerbewaffneten Soldaten patrouillierend im Alltag gestoert, auf den Daechern ueberall Scharfschuetzen, ganz schoen paranoid, die chinesische Besatzungsmacht. Des Abends leere Strassen, und...

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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

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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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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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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