Archive for the 'Tibet' Category

Shrine at Norbulingka Park in Lhasa, Tibet

Saturday, December 22nd, 2018
Buddhist pond shrine in Norbulinka, Lhasa

A Buddhist shrine in the middle of palace pond in Lhasa Tibet Norbulingka was the summer residence of the Dali Lama’s in Tibet from the 1780s to the Dali Lamas exile in 1959. It’s located close the main Potala Palace in Lhasa. The palace actually existed in different forms in the preceding centuries. What’s lesser… Continue reading more »

Is China still allowing foreign tourists to visit Tibet? update 2018

Monday, September 11th, 2017
Potala Palace Lhasa, Tibet

Yes, the Nepal China overland border opens again on September 16th October 29th 2017 / April 2018 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 travel guide will show. Likewise from mainland China… Continue reading more »

Sacred Yamdrok Lake in Tibet – photograph

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016
Yamdrok Lake in Tibet

Yamdrok Lake is one of three sacred lakes in Tibet Located on the road (S307) between Lhasa to Gyantse is the natural fresh water lake known as Yamdrok. The lake is 45 miles in length and 200 feet in depth at an altitude of 16,000 feet. It’s part of three sacred lakes in Tibet and is used by… 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 …