Crossing to Tibet – A portrait in colour
Thought for the day….” Never ask a barber if you need a haircut”
” If past history was all there was to the game, then the richest people would all be librarians”.
Sometimes it is open, and sometimes it is closed, so getting into Tibet is a bit of a lottery. Around 3 million people live in Tibet, which is officially regarded as a Chinese autonomous region. And to complicate matters even further, the ‘borders’ of the Tibetan kingdom are much larger than the official Chinese autonomous region’s borders. It contains the world’s highest plateau (at over 4000m), and includes the Himalayas. Tourism is controlled by the Chinese government, and a special permit is needed to visit, even if a Chinese visa is held. Trains to Lhasa started in 2006, with the trip from Bejing taking around 48 hours. Interestingly, the train is said to be the highest railway route in the world, and due to the altitude on the trip (up to 5231m altitude) then the trains are provided with an oxygen supply. They also have windows with special protection against the strong ultra-violet rays at the high altitudes. And having enjoyed the train trip, then travellers can look forward to yak meat and the (salty) butter tea, and perhaps a photo like the one below……
And another photo from the archives…..a black and white photo from the old town in the centre of Tallinn, Estonia.
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