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Railroad to Lhasa RTB

Visiting: China
Tour Duration 17 Days
  • Potala Palace, Lhasa
  • Terracotta Army, Xian
  • Sharing a moment
  • Forbidden City, Beijing
  • Potala Palace, Lhasa
  • Tour Style: Classic
  • Tour Type: Small Groups
  • Tour Pace: Busy
  • Tour Comfort: Standard

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10 Ruth Bridger, 17/07/12

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The time spent in Tibet was amazing - and we only got permits after we had started on the China part of the tour.  High memorable moment in Tibet was walking around the high Cora at the Ganden monastery, with other pilgrims making this sacred journey for Buddhists of the Yellow Hat sect, seeing the magnificent scenery as we walked along the path and the sky burial site (thankfully empty) although the vultures were wheeling around above us and talking to our Tibetan guide.  I asked him how the Tibetans coped with not being allowed to have pictures of the Dalai Lama. "We don't need pictures" - he said, looking at me with a touch of sadness in his eyes and then laying his right hand across his heart, "we carry him in our hearts."

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0 DT, 12/11/10
It had been a surreal experience to be standing in a railway carriage and watching the altitude meter rising to a height higher than most of the mountains in Europe. And glancing from the spacious windows of the train to see a lone Yak surveying the vast rolling tundra of the Tibetan Plateau was another.     This was the third and final leg in a series of train journeys, travelling most of the way from Beijing to Lhasa; a journey of ever changing scenery and encounters with the diverse groups of indigenous people who inhabit this vast country.  What delights we had experienced along the way so far. Marvelling at the Forbidden City in Beijing, hiking along the Great Wall, travelling on a speed boat to see a twenty seven meter high statue of Buddha at Bingling Si, cycling along the ancient walls of Xian, and watching animated clapping monks as they debated points of Bhuddist Philosophy Labrung Monastery were just a few.    I was to discover this was just a prelude to the joys of Lhasa. From the hotel we had views across to the rooftops to the Potala. One could literally step out from the front door and join the many pilgrims, spinning their prayer wheels as they perambulated the kora route around the magnificent Jokang Temple.   Further out from the city we followed the beautiful Lhasa River, flanked by towering mountains, banks lined with golden tress in the early autumn clear air to reach the imposing Ganden monastery.  Traversing the high kora, lined with fluttering prayer flags, we were treated to expansive views across the valley below.    What an incredible journey this had been.(RTB -9th September 2010)
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