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Jul 6, 2013 - Buddhist Monasteries

Ok, so we arrived in a high altitude environment late yesterday afternoon and today they had our group of six climbing, climbing and climbing higher and higher up to the top of two fifteen century monasteries. At least 1000 steps were climbed today. Our hearts were racing and our breathing somewhat labored. Dick and I are the oldest by a few years but those three twenty something's in the group were panting right along side us complaining of racing hearts. Dick and I didn't feel too bad after knowing that bit of info. We kept right up and...

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Jul 5, 2013 - Beijing, China to Lhasa, Tibet

After two days in Beijing we boarded the Sky Train for Lhasa, Tibet. The suspension on the train was great so it was a smooth ride and the beds were quite comfy this time. The attendants were very nice and helpful but did not speak English and of course we do not speak Chinese. Nonetheless we were able to make our needs known. The only negative about the train was the toilets...one western, one Asian...both utterly beyond disgusting. Apparently toilet hygiene is not important nor is keeping it clean. I mean to tell you that we were so very...

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Oct 10, 2011 - In Lhasa at last.

So, yes, we are in Lhasa. I am finding breathing a little difficult, so will definitely have to take it easy for a bit. Our tour guide squashed our ideas of having a shower as soon as we hit the hotel. We have to wait until tomorrow, but no-one is quite clear as to the reason for this!! The drive into the city centre took us about 15 minutes, and we all looked and felt rather shell-shocked. We did manage to get checked in with no real problems, and into our rooms. It is very cold in our room, but we found extra quilts and pillows stowed in...

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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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