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[…]Read more
Like most of the earth’s continents, the continent of Asia can be divided into several distinct regions.
Central Asia is the area of Asia sometimes Dubbed the “Stans.” Afghanistan, is perhaps the most notorious today, but Tajikistan with its majestic Pamir mountains; Kyrgyzstan with its ancient lake Issyk Kul; the giant of a country, Kazakhstan with it’s expansive steppe; Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan with colorful mausoleums and ancient cultures all bring flavor and color to this under-explored region of the world.
Eastern Asia comprises of Korea, Japan, and China while the countries of Pakistan, India, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos make up Southeastern Asia, My road has yet to lead me to those part of the world, but if you have recommendations for a journey to take I’d love to hear them.
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,[…]Read more
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[…]Read more
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[…]Read more
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 –[…]Read more
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[…]Read more