China Trip – Lhasa Express

We just got into the Lotus Hostel here in Beijing after our 48 1/2 hour train ride from Lhasa.  The train was quite fun.  Zoe really enjoyed it, and didn’t want off.  The first day we checked out of our hotel in Lhasa where Tsering (our guide) met us and a bus came to drive […]

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China Trip – Lhasa on our own

Yesterday we slept in a bit in Shigatse then boarded the bus for our return trip back to Lhasa.  The drive typically takes 4 hours, but currently there are speed restrictions so it takes 6.  This meant that our driver had to check in at a police booth to get a card timestamped, then they […]

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China Trip – To Mt. Everest

So yesterday we woke up in Shigatse and toured around the Tashilhunpo monastery. It is where the Panchen Lama is traditionally housed.  Currently, though he is in Beijing…it’s controversial….anyway, it was huge and amazing like the other places we’ve been.  We have been getting a bit monasteried-out, but it was still neat to see the giant […]

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China Trip – Tibetan Countryside

19 MAY – This morning we had breakfast at our hotel and then boarded the bus to start our 3 day journey toward Mt. Everest.  Our bus is a medium sized one, so we all have room for bags and to spread out.  Bryan, Zoe and I snagged the first row of seats so there […]

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China Trip – Lhasa

Awoke this morning to a crisp, but sunny day.  After breakfast at the hotel (it’s included!) we boarded the mini bus with the rest of our group.  So, finally, we are back on track with the group.  It is a small mixed group which is nice – 9 of us – and only 5 of […]

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China Trip – Getting to Tibet

Well  I’m updating my blog via the blogger email feature, so hopefully these get posted.We did not make it to Tibet the day we were scheduled.  The tour agency we went with messed up my Tibet permit; they had Bryan listed twice.  They had caught the mistake, but their agency in Lhasa only faxed a […]

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