青藏之路 August in Tibet: Part II
|Figure 1: View of Kambala Snow Mountain. 2016|
This post highlights certain places we traveled with the tour group, with very minimal self-explorations done on our own accord. It's a pity that we couldn't go as per our will, so I could only go to the extend in sharing a glimpse of Tibet captured here.
I will not go into details the time spent in Xining as it was a necessary stopover for one to rest before going onboard the Qinghai Tibet Railway.
第 1 天 Day 1
新加坡 - 兰州（经停昆明）- 西宁
Singapore - Lanzhou (Via Kunming) - Xining
第 2 天 Day 2
Xining - Ta'er Monastery
第 3 天 Day 3
Xining － Qinghai Tibet Railway
As the officers check pretty strictly, I will advise you not to bring along any form of air spray such as hair spray regardless of the volume contained. They confiscate these air spray right away. If you are sensitive to smell especially during the durational train ride, I would suggest you to bring a small bottle of air freshener, it made my life easier when it comes to public toilet in the train, probably you'll need it in the cabin too.
There will be short stopovers at some stations for not more than 15 mins. Probably you would want to just stretch your legs and muscles along the train corridor instead of going outside.
Xining - Ge’ermu - Tuotuo River - Anduo - Naqu - Dangxiong - Lhasa
|Figure 3: Photo taken at the restaurant onboard, 2016|
As far as I have noticed that the restaurant is always fully packed. If you would like to grab a seat there be sure to do so once you board the train or earlier during meal time. Otherwise, fret not, there will be officers frequently pushing food carts along the corridor selling rice sets, snacks, and so on. Each cabin is provided with a kettle, your best meal could just be the instant noodle you bring along with you.
|Figure 4: Photo taken along the train ride when the sun sets, 2016|
第 4 天 Day 4
Qinghai Tibet Railway - Lhasa
Accommodation: Lhasa Manasarovar Hotel
|Figure 5: Photo taken along the corridor of Manasarovar Hotel|
|Figure 6: Photo taken along at the staircase down to the lobby of Manasarovar Hotel, 2016|
第 5 天 Day 5
Lhasa Potala Palace - Jokhang Temple - Barkhor Street
Be sure to remove any flammable gas/liquid from your bags, especially lighters before you enter into these places.
|Figure 8: Panoramic view of the city from within the compound area of Potala Palace, 2016|
|Figure 10: Photo taken within the premises of Jokhang Temple where photography is allowed|
|Figure 11: Photo taken outside of Jokhang Temple where many pilgrims gather|
|Figure 14: Street view of Barkhor Street, 2016|
第 6 天 Day 6
Lhasa - Yamdroktso Lake - Palkor Monastery - Shigatse
Shigatse Zang Long Hotel
|Figure 17: Street View in Tibet|
|Figure 19: View of Nojin Kangtsang Glacier, 2016|
第 7 天 Day 7
日喀则 －扎什伦布寺－藏獒基地 －拉萨
Shigatse - Tashilunpo Monastery - Tibetan Mastiff Park - Lhasa
|Figure 21: Photo taken in Tibetan Mastiff Park, 2016|
Though the Tibetan Mastiffs are taken well care of from the owner in charge, I personally do not think visiting the park is a great idea. Whenever one pays a visit, you are funding a support for this act of chaining and locking these mastiffs in this park just for tourism. Of course one would need a safe parameters to watch them closely, but you do not necessary need to visit the park as you could often spot them elsewhere and pay to take photographs in touristy spots if you wish.
第 8 天 Day 8
Lhasa - Namtso Lake - Lhasa
第 9 天
药王山 - 财神庙扎基寺 - 西藏博物馆 - 布达拉宫夜景 - 大型藏式原生态歌舞《幸福在路上》
Mt. Chokpori - Zaki Temple - Tibetan Museum - Happiness On The Road Tibetan Performance
|Figure 22: Photo of a scene from Happiness On The Road, 2016|
第 10 天
拉萨 - 昆明 - 新加坡
Lhasa - Kunming - Singapore
Watch a snippet of my travel here below: