Yangtze River Cruise, China

China: Down the Yangtze River

Everest to Shenzhen An overland journey from one side of China to the other Part VIII: A Yangtze River Cruise Loud drums out of tune trumpets rattled my window pain. I slid open the balcony door and looked down to the dock below where another tour group boarded the boat.  All the groups were greeted with this raucous and brassy fanfare. I arrived at the quayside much earlier in the afternoon and strolled across the floating[…]

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Ronghui Hotsprings in Chongqing, China

Hot Pot and Hotsprings – 24 Hours in Chongqing, China

Everest to Shenzhen An overland journey from one side of China to the other Part VII: Hot Pot and Hotsprings – 24 Hours in Chongqing, China   Chongqing is a huge city. Many in China claim it is the world’s largest city. If you count all of the rural areas inside the government’s administrative boundaries, they are right. The administrative area of Chongqing has an estimated population of just over 30 million.  The urban area of Chongqing, however,[…]

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on the Qinghai-Tibet Railway

A Journey on the Qinghai-Tibet Railway

Everest to Shenzhen An overland journey from one side of China to the other Part VI: A Journey on the Qinghai-Tibet Railway Chongqing lies is about 1476km (918 miles) east of Lhasa – that’s a little more than a two hour flight away. A rugged mountain range separates the two cities forming a barrier for rail.   To get around this barrier, the Qinghai-Tibet railway runs north and then east, skirting the northern edge of the mountains. It is 43 hour[…]

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Tibet

Tibet: Altitude, Agencies, and Weather

Altitude, Agencies, and Weather Some tips for planning a trip to Tibet So, you are planning a trip to Tibet. I confess, I’m a bit jealous! The short time I spent in Tibet was both inspirational and transformative.  I remember it as one of those rare places that embed themselves in every part my being. Last spring when my friends and I planned our trip, we had a number of questions and concerns.  Many of those questions were answered by our travel[…]

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Tashi Lhunpo Monastery in Shigatse Tibet

Tibet: A Night in Shigatse

Everest to Shenzhen An overland journey from one side of China to the other Part V: Shigatse The Torture Chair The masseuse’s elbows and arms dug into my shoulders and back with an impatient furury that brought tears to my eyes. ‘did I do something to offend her?’ I wondered. We lay face-down on reclining message chairs in the spa behind our hotel in Shigatse. Three straight days of driving coupled with an uncomfortable night on a[…]

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Road to Everest

Tibet: The Road to Everest – Chomolungma

Everest to Shenzhen An overland journey from one side of China to the other Part IV: The Road to Everest Base Camp    The road to Everest Base Camp from Shigatse is one of the most spectacular and most memorable I have ever traveled. As I go back through my photographs and journal entries I struggle to find words to express the wonder that highway inspired. Gyastso La Pass From Shigatse we continued westward along Highway G318 –[…]

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Gyantse, Tibet

Tibet: The Ancient Majesty of Gyantse City

Everest to Shenzhen An overland journey from one side of China to the other Part III: Majestic Gyantse When the little van carrying me and five of my friends pulled up to the wall of the Pelkhor Chode Monestary in Gyantse, I thought we we’d arrived in Shigatse. We’d been on the road from Lhasa for more than eight hours even though the itinerary provided by our tour company estimated a seven hour drive. Indeed, that is the[…]

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