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Tibet: Train journey to Lhasa


This is the second in a series detailing a trip to Everest Base Camp (Tibet), which started in Beijing and an ass-busting walk along The Great Wall  (1). My travelling companions and I, suitably chuffed from our successful exertions,  flew to Xining for some preliminary acclimatisation. Beijing is not much over 40 metres above sea level … Continue reading

Observations from Tibet: Part 2 Chinese rule


The Chinese invaded Tibet in 1950 with the Dali Lama fleeing in 1959: I am not going to go into the rights and wrongs of China‘s involvement in Tibet other than to state the Chinese have had cultural and political links with the area for centuries. As the post implies these are observations from my recent trip. … Continue reading

Observations from Tibet: Part 1 Buddhism


As an atheist, Buddhism held some promise of being able to salvage a modicum of respect for mainstream religions worldwide; unfortunately I was to be bitterly disappointed. Buddhism, in the West has a carefully cultivated image of respect for life, personal growth and peaceful coexistence with your fellow man. This isn’t anything new; Abrahamic based … Continue reading

Lhasa, Tibet named happiest city in China?


Lhasa, the capital city of the Tibet Autonomous Region, has topped a survey of the top 10 happiest cities in China.Surprised? With the high profile self-immolations that regularly hit the international press (56 have been confirmed in Tibet since 2009), and the general global awareness of the controversy surrounding Chinese sovereignty over the region, perhaps … Continue reading

China to build £3bn theme park in Tibet


Authorities in China have begun work on a £3-billion development aimed at luring more tourists to Tibet. It will see the construction of a theme park, a commercial district and a residential area on the outskirts of Lhasa, the capital of the troubled region, according to Chinese state media. In an attempt to highlight the … Continue reading

Machine guns for China’s police forces


While the world bites its nails over China’s military growth, China itself has more internal concerns. 2012 marks the second year since national spending on “public security” has surpassed that of the military. This year’s budget for jails, courts, police and various security and para-military forces is 701.8 billion yuan (US$110 bn), an 11.5% increase … Continue reading

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