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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Lhasa Tibet Window Curtains

Tibet: Welcome to Lhasa

Everest to Shenzhen An overland journey from one side of China to the other Part I: Welcome to Lhasa A Mountain Sea From the window of the plane I saw deep, dark-green valleys. Cloud-rivers spilled across the mountain valleys, moving ever downwards in a cascade of fog and mist. Tall, snow-capped peaks rose above the deep green valleys below far below. I felt a sudden thrill: Tibet. For Chinese citizens, a visit to Tibet is[…]

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Tibet: On the Road to Shigatse

Everest to Shenzhen An overland journey from one side of China to the other Part II: The Road to Shigatse There is more than one road to Shigatse from Lhasa.  The G318 Highway is by far the fastest. It remains in the low lands following the river and bypassing the mountains and their time-consuming climbs. Most visitors to Tibet, however, don’t want to take the easy road.  They want to travel the slow way along the[…]

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