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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……

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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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Chinese face – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day….” Holding onto anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at somebody else.    You are the one who gets burned”

” If you think that your boss is stupid, remember that you would not have a job if he was any smarter”.

A face from China for the photo today, and from high in the hills between the border between China and Tibet.  China has a population of  over 1.35 billion people, increasing by around 12 million people a year.   Due to the one child policy the actual rate of population growth is around 0.5%, and the population density is about the same as in Switzerland or the Czech Republic.    Around 9% of the population are ethnic minorities, such as Tibetans.  The official language is Mandarin Chinese, and a knowledge of about 2000 characters is needed to be literate.      Interestingly, all Chinese share the same written language, even if some simplified characters are sometimes used.

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And another from the archives…..a housebus in New Zealand…..

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Colorful happy woman – Not the Quality Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…”  Life begins at the end of your comfort zone”.

”  You may not know what is going to happen when you try, but if you do not try, then nothing will happen”.

Around 1/5 of the world’s population (1.3 billion people)  lives in China, which is said to have invented paper, gunpowder and ice-cream, as well as the world’s first mechanical clock.   And tea is thought to have been discovered in China around 2700 BC.

Today’s photo comes from the border between Tibet and China.   Not the interesting yellow and red symbol on the woman’s belt.   Very interesting that in China, 20th September is ‘National Love Your Teeth Day”.  Not sure what date I took this photo (many years ago) but she has some interesting dental features!

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Happy moment near Tibet – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…” Fear is the father of courage and the mother of safety”.

”  Do not waste time looking back.  Your eyes are in the front of your head”.

Did you see that alarming story on the internet about the British retail chain, Tesco is planning to use computers to scan the faces of customers filling up with petrol (gas) at its petrol stations, then target them with appropriate advertisements, based on their age, sex and demographic profile?   If successful, it plans to introduce the scanning of faces into supermarkets as well.  Is this not Big Brother in real life?   With the supermarket shopper cards, it already has a massive amount of information about personal buying habits, but the thought that it plans to now scan faces is taking things too far.

On a happier note, here is a photo of a happy trader in China, not far from the border with Tibet.  Something was obviously amusing here, but it captures the moment well.   Good lighting and a long lens helped to catch the shot, which was taken during the weekly market.  A simple, uncluttered background finishes off the photo well.

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