Tibet Is Tops
Lhasa Travel Blog› entry 25 of 94 › view all entries
June 20th, 2010 – by: Saskia007
Since arriving, I have taken numerous photos of just sky due to the colour. Whilst traveling around China the majority of colour that I saw in the sky was a brown polluted smoggy haze - especially in cities like Chongqing, Lijiang, Chengdu and Leshan. The colour of the sky here in Tibet is blue. It is so lovely to see the sky and big white fluffy clouds that I had almost forgotten what blue looked like!
Lijiang was one of the cities visited that prides itself on the old town. It was here where I felt like I was transported into another time, but with a definite Disneyesque feel to it.
The old town charges 80 Yuan entry for a three day ticket, but you can get around paying this by just walking through the lapse security gates, and it has numerous shops and stalls set up with traditional Yunnan cultural artifacts including musical instruments, clothing, jewellery and art.
Chengdu was another smoggy city that I visited. I did like this place; it was easy to get around, and I got to watch the Nederland versus Japan World Cup game with the locals in a shopping mall, but the main reason for visiting was the Pandas. I was super excited about seeing them up close that I ended up taking several hundred photographs of them, but since there were a few of the young ones who were clearly posers and loved having their photo taken, I couldnâ€™t resist.
Another place to visit just outside of Chengdu (about two hours depending on traffic) was the extremely smoggy Leshan. This place is the location for the Giant Buddha made in the 618AD. The walk around the Buddha was quite spectacular but it was a big effort as it was quite warm on the morning that we did it so by the end of climbing down and up the stairs, I could almost wring out my t-shirt. You can have the option of going onto the river with a ferry or speed boat, but I passed on doing this as Iâ€™m sure the smog would have meant the view would be obscured.
So here I am in Tibet - breathing in the fresh clean mountain air. I have been surprised at a number of cultural differences between the Tibetans and the Chinese; firstly the English. The Tibetans I have spoken to have been more proficient with the English language and then there are the smiles.
But the only thing that is distracting about this place is the strong military presence - the military police with big guns and riot gear stationed everywhere and snipers on the rooves with their eyes alert for dissention, watching and waiting.
Tashi delek from Tibet!!
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