Tibet Photo Tour
Just the name “Tibet” has a rather exotic ring to it. And a journey to Tibet can be quite an adventure. Tibet, today a part of China called The Tibet Autonomous Region (see related article here), is located on the Tibetan Plateau which has an average elevation of 14,000 feet. Bounded on the south by the Himalayan Mountain Range , Tibet is mostly a long ways from anywhere. Although it’s possible to travel to Tibet by train, most visitors today arrive by air.
Having crossed expansive mountain ranges, your aircraft descends to the Tibetan Plateau. Final approach crosses the Lhasa River, also known as Kyi Chu.
Lhasa, Tibet has a very high altitude, arid climate. Very dry, and brown, and dusty. In some ways the mountains, with no trees, reminded me of areas of the Southwestern U.S.
However, as you look around, almost everywhere you will find reminders that you are not in the United States of America anymore. And the things you see are amazing. Tibet is a visual feast! Let’s take a look. A Tibet Photo Tour.
Buddhist Monks, seen everywhere in Lhasa, are only one of he many reminders of a strong Buddhist influence.
The Meat Markets in Tibet have a different quality to them. Here customers select their favorite cut of Yak for dinner.
Some of the books in Tibet are just really, really old. These are in a library section of a Buddhist temple. They have some very interesting titles as seen below.
Local stores in Lhasa have some very strange signs with rather exotic names as seen above and below.
Locals in Lhasa use a variety of modes of transportation. And many adopt the use of a face mask to help filter out the dust as well as pollutants. What type of pollutants? Well my experience included those from Yak Butter Candles and Yak Dung Fires among others.
Another example of Lhasa Transportation. Now of course, they also have other, more modern transport as well. Traffic is actually an interesting mix.
The people of Tibet are awesome. Many pedestrians have an interesting look. Umbrellas (partially opened?) protect from the intense sunlight at the high altitude. Prayer wheels are everywhere.
Prayer wheels come in all sizes.
Pilgrims with prayer wheels out for a stroll.
A Classic Tibetan Woman – Traditional attire including her colorful dress apron, reserved by tradition to married women. Notice the prayer beads in her left hand.
I hope you enjoyed this little Tibet Photo Tour.
Tibet – A Visual Feast ……… Enjoy The Adventure!
Dr.B, The Photo Trekker