Archive for the 'Tibet' Category

Is China still allowing foreign tourists to visit Tibet?

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015
Potala Palace Lhasa, Tibet

Yes, you can visit Tibet in 2015/2016 but here are some things to know first One of the most popular questions I get is how to travel from Nepal to Tibet overland. It’s a very easy thing to do as that previous link to my guide will show. Likewise from mainland China into Tibet it’s also very… Continue reading more »

Traditional Tibetan New Year Dancers

Monday, February 18th, 2013
Tibetan dancers

Traditional Tibetan New Year Dancers Tibetan New Year is also known as Losar. The date coincides with Chinese New Year but the traditions are quite different. While Tibetan specific celebrations are often restricted across Tibet, in Nepal they continue on every year in full costume. Facts about Tibetan New Year: Tibetan New Year is known… Continue reading more »

Is it right to travel in Tibet?

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012
Yamdrok Lake in Tibet

Travel in Tibet and get a nice welcome A man in a hand-washed cheap black suit lurched towards me. Ahead another man pointed and yelled at a tourist. Beside me a local pushed my hand down and waved the other man away. “No photos, put your phone away before they take it.” I was crossing the friendship… Continue reading more »

Buddha peeking out from a veil in Tibet

Saturday, December 10th, 2011
Buddha statue from behind a curtain in Tibet

View this super large photograph of a Buddha statue in Tibet, then go behind the lens and learn of its secrets!

Taking the highest train in the world from Lhasa to Xi’an – part two

Monday, March 17th, 2008
View of mountains, road, and small station from the worlds highest train (click to enlarge)

Travel Journal Overview: The highest train in the world moved on, as did my travels. Mentally it was time to move on. Otherwise China would not be what it should have been. The train was for three days. We were cut off from everything other than ourselves and a dwindling menu. Vast mountain peeks …

Taking the highest train in the world from Lhasa to Xi’an – part one

Sunday, March 16th, 2008
View from the window of the worlds highest train (click to enlarge)

Travel Journal Overview: It was a travel highlight. The highest train in the world – oxygen masks included. But the start was marred by memories and realization on what we’d just been through. Still, what was outside was another world. How could one possibly top being in Lhasa during the uprising. It wasn’t going …

Escaping Lhasa, fighting for my life’s dream

Saturday, March 15th, 2008
Small Tibetan boy wearing a hat (click to enlarge)

Travel Journal Overview: Our bus was escaping Lhasa. The guides and most of the people on board wanted to return to Nepal. My journey was disappearing before my eyes. I was about to fight for my dreams. Anil left the bus as a car pulled up beside us with the travel companies name on …