SHANGHAI -> LHASA, TIBET

Decemember 6th, 2014
“The train that would take us from Shanghai to Tibet was itself thick with the smoke of cigarettes. Its occupants passed the time by playing cards, eating oranges, and smoking lots of cigarettes.”


Decemember 7th, 2014
“It is winter and many of the cities we passed were obscured by the coal-burning fog that engulfs so much of China during the colder months.”
Decemember 8th, 2014

“The shortage of oxygen in the air is sudden and totalizing. I woke up on the evening of the second night unable to catch my breath. The train was mid-assent towards the highest point of the trip. The Tanggula Pass sits at an altitude of 5,072 m (16,640 feet), the tallest railway in the world, and sits at a similar altitude as Mount Everest base camp.”

Decemember 9th, 2014


“The city of Lhasa lays in a valley surrounded by mountains on all sides. The city center is a labyrinth of alley ways and passages. Artist paint Buddhist tapestries and yack skulls hang on butcher carts, partially stripped of skin and muscle.”

“Brightly colored quilts hang in doorways in lieu of doors.”

Decemember 10th, 2014


“Built into one of these mountains is the crown of Lhasa, the Patala Palace. The surface is painted with thick layers of white paint. Trundles of thatched wood are painted deep red and laid into the staircases and roof.”

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