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Silkroad D10 Lhasa to Shigatse - an entralling road trip

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Mesmerizing view on the road
Xigaze or Shigatse ζ—₯喀則, was my main itinenary for the day. It is the 2nd most populated city in Tibet, 250km southwest of Lhasa.

The day kicked off at 9am where along my journey to Shigatse, en-routed to Lhasa International Airport for the British couple who were scheduled to fly off to Chengdu 1130am.

In fact we drove through numerous villages along the journey,that I lost count of. The view along the roads were amazing. Nothing can be best said except by looking at the photos!

Other than the mesmerizing scenic views along the way, the traditional speed check in place was intriguing to me.
Speed check counter
The government has speed check counters set up along the route from Lhasa city to Shigatse. At the start of the speed check counter, the driver is handed a slip of paper and recorded the time of entry as well as the expected time of arrival at the next speed check counter. This expected time of arrival is calculated based on a speed consideration. SO, if you have sped your way through, you will be fined at the next counter.

Apparently, this is not a perfect solution. Cars which sped, they will find quiet spots to park to pass time, and they will try to scrimp the time along the journey somehow. Interesting.  Next time if you see a number of cars parking by the most unseeming road shoulders, you will know they are the speedy chasers who have used too little driving time,now trying to 'recuperate' for more time!

Along the journey, I was accompanied by many of the interesting anecdotes of my travel guide as well as introduced to the numerous Tibetan music on play! Wow.

I reached Shigatse city around 1pm and have another sumptuous local lunch. It reminds me of the simple & tasty soup I had in Dunhuang!

The main highlight of the day was Tashilhunpo Monastery ζ‰Žδ»€δΌ¦εΈƒε―Ί, which i leisurely toured for the remaining of the day.

To me, Shigatse was a pretty boring city as it didnt occur to me what is there to look for in the city also. So other than resting early in hotel (yes again), i spent my night in the local internet cafe nearby my hotel. Again, I was busy hunting for the cheapest route back to Shanghai. And i'm another 2 days to flying off Lhasa, now still without any air ticket booked!




wsquare says:
I have been wondering lately have i been that fortunate to get into Tibet,though i didnt really travel that extensive in Tibet. With the current Tibet Chinese New Year, i believe non-locals are not even allowed to enter Tibet now. To me, Tibet has been a very sacred place which inspired me spiritually. Hope you get to visit there one day too!
Posted on: Mar 08, 2009
shirleysim says:
Great info, thanks!
Posted on: Mar 08, 2009
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Mesmerizing view on the road
Mesmerizing view on the road
Speed check counter
Speed check counter
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Heads to airport, then route back…
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Journey to airport
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Lhasa international airport
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Scenic beauty
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Amazing clouds
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Tibet has alot of interesting roa…
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And this!
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Taking a break to delay time for …
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Big truck with bulky loads often …
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Lunch at a typical tibetan restau…
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Settings in a typical tibetan loc…
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Cant remember what it's called...
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