The train from Chengdu to Lhasa
Tibet Travel Blog› entry 22 of 44 › view all entries
October 6th, 2006 – by: Connie
One older woman in our compartment is dressed in black traditional clothing. Her clothing seems to be made of black velvet and her collar and cuffs are bright blue.
For the most part, we've spend the day with our cameras glued to the windows. The views are breathtaking. We passed through dry desert to snow fields and now mountain ranges. Each train compartment has an electronic sign letting us know how high we are in altitude. I've gotten some headaches but so far it hasn't been bad for me. The Japanese guy had to lie down though and breath through one of the oxygen masks provided in the compartment. This train is impressive.
There are random settlements scattered here and there, and even some yak herds with one lonely herder tending to the pack. We're in the middle of nowhere! And yet, we occaisionally see some devout Tibetans on the road walking to Lhasa. They're on their pilgrimage and have to make their prayers the entire way. It looks exhausting and it must be freezing outside. It makes me excited to see where this train will finallly take me.
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