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A train trip unlike any other in this world – Beijing to Lhasa in 47 hours

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Wang Xue Zheng, Secretary General Chinese Peop...

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Yes, I hope to do this one before I die. My Chinese wife tells me that I will have to do it on my own.

A train that pipes in oxygen so that riders can breathe.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2008/10/23 at 08:18

More mountaineering deaths in Tibetan mountains

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Tibet - Lhasa - Potala Palace Kora

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From NYTimes:

Japanese Climbers Die on Tibet Mountain

Published: October 3, 2008

BEIJING — Three Japanese climbers were killed while on an expedition to reach the summit of a sacred mountain in Tibet, a mountaineering official said on Friday. The climbers died on Wednesday in an avalanche while scaling Mount Kulagangri, an official of the Tibet Mountaineering Association, Dou Changshen, told The Associated Press.

The bodies of the climbers were found by team members about 980 feet away from a camp that was at an altitude of 19,300 feet. The three people who died were among a team of seven Japanese climbers who left Lhasa, the Tibetan capital, on Sept. 20.

And here’s a clip of the mountain:

Kula Kangri 7538m. Expedition spring-1.jpg

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2008/10/06 at 09:36

Mr. Harrer’s photo of Potala Palace circa 1955

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My Life in Forbidden Lhasa - Photo Gallery - National Geographic Magazine.jpg

This view of Potala looks unusual. The colors in the photo look “old”. Here is a link to Google map.

The photo is part of a set published by NatGeographic in its May 2008 issue about China.

The online site offers many other photo galleries, including some unique videos.

Mr. Harrer was the present Dalai Lama‘s tutor when the latter was an early teen.

Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2008/04/22 at 09:12