Seven Days in Tibet

Amy and I spent a “holiday” in Tibet from May 27th to June 2nd, 2009 with friends Frank and Mira, and a mixed group of Singapore and Indonesia. Why this adventure? For a long time, the “roof of the world” has been one of my dream destinations. Unfortunately, I didn’t know it would be an adventure with some difficult encounters, not a holiday. Day 1: Arrive in Xining

There is no problem with flights from Singapore to Xining via Shanghai and Xining. China Eastern Airlines has changed significantly in recent years. Most often, there are Airbus aircraft with modern furniture. Some equipment is not made for non-Chinese people only on domestic flights. So when I go to bed, I push my nose fairly normally behind the front seat. Chinese design.

Like De Beukelaer’s cookie packet, when all seats automatically wake up again at the same time, it’s best to tilt everything at the same time. There is no more misunderstanding or more space. I’m trying to imagine how American citizens would fit in this type of seat. Perhaps it looks like a half-melted ice cream between the two waffles.
A stopover at Shanghai Pudong should run smoothly only for airport transport. However, our plan has changed a bit. Visit:-

Due to the global swine flu epidemic, visitors from outside China will not be able to leave the plane immediately, but will need to undergo a medical examination. A team of four health care workers in spacesuits board the plane while all passengers remain in their seats. These doctors wear infrared thermometers shaped like guns. Using a pistol, “shoot” at a distance of 1 meter on each passenger’s forehead and read the temperature. This action is probably already flesh and blood, so a small amount of time is wasted.

After a few minutes, everything is done. It should not only happen that there should be no coughing or sneezing. This creates a complex investigation process that ultimately quarantines all passengers.
After arriving in Xining, we made our first trip. Drive to a monastery near Tibet at an altitude of about 3000m and adapt. It is interesting that middle-aged women do serious work such as transporting stones and loading trucks.

The good ideas I really think have advantages. After discussing eternal liberation, we will probably be able to meet nature again, thereby reestablishing the order that was born thousands of years ago.
The monk seems to be doing a good job. What other work can you do in the daytime lying on the mat on your phone in your ears while the visitor is always paying for a religion?
The hotel is 2600 meters away and is very comfortable.
Day 2: Take the train to Xining and Lhasa

They drive us about 160 kilometers from Xining to Qinghai Lake to the Tibetan Plateau. Business hours by bus above 3100m above sea level. interesting. On the shores of the lake, 3,170 m, we meet Tibetans trained to be good for tourists by giving them a thick, ugly green wool coat in the cold of blood.

In addition, this Tibetan offers tourists a small boat ride to the island. The island will later be discovered as a peninsula and can be reached on foot or by bus. On the supposed island, you can drive the cart out of the sand to the other side at about 9 km / h. I’m still surprised why I have to sit in the cart at altitudes above 3000 meters when strong winds freeze the nose. There are also “photos that cost 10 yuan with me” and “it costs another 10 yuan to ride my horse”.

“If the horse is accompanied by its own newborn foal, the image will be more expensive again. In the evening, on the way to the train, we will visit a famous Buddhist priesthood in Xining. Along the way, stop at the Tibetan Medical Museum, a great concept shopping area. First, we praise Tibet’s great achievements in traditional herbal medicine for the past 3,217 years, and then prepare our visitors. Through distress, tourists are usually exposed to very high places and finally after exhibiting huge amounts of overrated Tibetan medicine for almost all normal and abnormal living conditions at stalls that are out of socket. Need to seduce you to buy medicine that you don’t do anyway. At least buying it will get rid of the stupid feeling of being a stranger.
We play our part by buying weird carrots. It looks like aged beef with gunshot wounds in hot water. It is supposed to help fight altitude sickness. What is altitude sickness? Judging by the taste, this carrot should be an incredibly good drug. Later, I found that the same product was easy to carry in the form of tablets, and of course at a much cheaper price.
Day 3: On the train

I sleep a little on the train. Unfortunately, I can’t sleep when I’m limited to a space of 70cm x 2m. The train runs almost completely above 3000 meters above sea level. Everyone has access to TV, radio and oxygen in the sleeping area with 4 beds. We feel pretty good and feel good as we quickly reach the highest altitude on which the train can ride. Little by little I started to feel weird. It feels like a headache, but not like a normal headache that can be killed with aspirin or ibuprofen. I have just reached the height of Mont Blanc on the train. Wow. Currently, it is over 4900m. -On the train, there is oxygen in the cabin. Outside some yaks, sheep and goats. From time to time, I see tents where hunters are more likely to spend the night. You wouldn’t be surprised if the store looks much larger on the inside than on the outside (have you ever seen a “click” with Adam Sandler?). I think the tent has a plasma TV and a guide stove. It may not be.

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