Like I said on my previous post, before my Tibet holiday I had zero idea about going to highland, what to expect and how serious high altitude sickness could be. Now. After that unforgettable
holiday expedition to Tibet, I want to share what to prepare before going to places with higher altitude, based on my personal experience. But before that, to know what altitude sickness is, caused, symptoms, treatments and such, I trust this web. ⊂(´• ω •`⊂)
Fyi, for those who have not read my previous posts, my trip to Tibet was not for hiking. The only tough activity we did was climbing up 432 steps at Potala Palace – it was fun but with that thin air we were all panting like crazy! The rest of the activity we just sat in the bus and walked not too far from where the bus parked. ( ﾟｏ⌒)
Sunday, 23rd September 2018,
Our flight back to Singapore has been disrupted by a heavy rain in the morning. It was ridiculous how China Air brought all the passengers by bus to the open space, and let us run through the heavy rain and flooding area (it was as high as adult’s ankle) from the bus to the plan staircase about 15 – 20m without any umbrella or such. For a four stars airline, this was a very big setback and I was very disappointed. None of crew run extra miles to give your best service to passengers, it was a POOR SERVICE! ╮(￣～￣)╭
But moving on, here are some random pictures left from my phone.
Saturday, 22nd September 2018,
The sun was shining bright this morning, a good sign that the pandas will go out to have the sun-bathing. Woke up early for our last free and easy day, most of us went straight to see the panda. ٩(◕‿◕｡)۶
I was hesitating to go with them or not. But since I was in charged, and most of the sisters wanted to see the panda, so it will be wise to follow them to the Panda Base.
Friday, 21st September 2018,
Arrived back in Chengdu around 2PM, we dropped our luggage in hotel, took free shuttle from hotel to T1 Airport Metro Station, and off we go. I was in charged for this 2 free-&-easy days, and I haven’t got the note that: leading 10+ people for free and easy was not an easy task! (」＞＜)」
My initial plan was to visit WuHou Memorial Temple at first, but apparently all of us was quite full with temples and none of us want to pay 60RMB to get in to the temple, so we decided skip this shrine and went straight for our late lunch at Jinli Street.
Thursday, 20th September 2018,
By the time our train arrived at Xining, our next bus already waiting for us outside the train station. We were immediately heading for Qinghai Lake. ∑d(°∀°d)
Qinghai Lake (Chinese: 青海湖), Koko Nor (Mongolian: Хөх нуур) or Tso Ngonpo (Tibetan: མཚོ་སྔོན་པོ།) is the largest lake in China. Qinghai Lake is classified as a saline and alkaline lake, the lake is classified as a saline and alkaline lake, at 3,205 m above sea level in a hollow of the Tibetan plateau. Qinghai Lake became isolated from the Yellow River about 150,000 years ago. [source: wikipedia]
From ancient times to the present, whenever people mention Qinghai Lake they think of ‘green lake’, ‘blue sea’ or ‘fairyland’, because of the marvelous natural beauty reflected on it. As to the area, it is the largest inland and salt water lake in China. It is no exaggeration to say that Qinghai Lake is a miracle that is endowed by a deity.
Wednesday, 19th September 2018,
Our 1PM train has been cancelled due to military reason. So all of us ended up at 6PM train. This was inconvenience because we couldn’t enjoy the scenery while we were on the 5000+ km above sea levels. (￣□￣」)
And since they delayed our train schedule, this morning the local tour brought us to Yak Museum.
Tuesday, 18th September 2018,
Today I had worse motion sickness. I was quite sure it wasn’t the high altitude sickness, since I was still okay when I was up to 5k meters above sea level… But today, the road to Namtso Lake was very bumpy, with many twists and turns. It made me feels like my head spinning and almost vomit. Most likely my lack-of-sleep last night contributed to this motion sickness. ☆ｏ(＞＜；)○
Our local tour leader was actually offered us for second option (not Namtso), due to the winding road to go there. But so far I never like their second option, and some of our group rejected the second option.
We left hotel at 6:30AM, tortured ourselves just to see the famous-and-over-crowded lake. By the time we arrived back hotel, it was almost midnight. (｡T ω T｡)
So what’s about Namtso Lake?
Monday, 17th September 2018,
In Short, we were driving back from Shigatse to Lhasa today. Some of us who paid extra money for optional tour were granted to visit the breeding site of Tibetan Mastiff. While the thrifties (including me!) waited outside the breeding site and walked around to tease the angry-caged puppies from outside. ( ‾́ ◡ ‾́ )
After the short visit to the breeding site, we continued our journey and our next stop was TashiLunpo Monastery.
Sunday, 16th September 2018
Today we have been warned to have even more tiring day compare to previous day. We travelled from Lhasa to Shigatse (a.k.a. Rigaze). (っ˘ω˘ς )
Shigatse, officially known as Xigazê (Chinese: 日喀则; pinyin: Rìkāzé Nepali: सिगात्से), is a prefecture-level city of the Tibet Autonomous Region of China, with an area of 182,000 km2 (70,271 sq mi). It also means ‘the fertile land’. It sits in the plain at the confluence of the Yarlong Tsangpo and Nyangchu Rivers, where Tibet’s most fertile land is to be found. Shigatse is of great importance for its location in this area. It is 300 kilometers (about 186 miles) away from the world’s highest peak Mt. Everest, 150 kilometers (about 93 miles) away from the Sakya Monastery and also on the only path to Tibet’s holy lakes. Thus it is quite an important base for people heading for those places. [source: wikipedia]
The city has a history going back more than 600 years and it is this ancient holy city that is the traditional seat of the Panchen Lama, one of the spiritual leaders in Tibet. The city is also the cultural, economic and political center of Tibet. It is located within the historical Tsang province of Tibet.
Along the way from Lhasa to Shigatse was a beautiful journey we enjoyed from our bus, and we stopped by at Yamdrok Lake, Kharola Glacier and Palcho Monastery. ヽ(*・ω・)ﾉ
So Yamdrok Lake,
Princess Wencheng (Tibetan: Mung-chang Kungco; Chinese: 文成公主; pinyin: Wénchéng Gōngzhǔ; Wade–Giles: Wen-ch’eng Kung-chu; 620s – 680/2), surnamed Li, was a member of a minor branch of the royal clan of the Chinese Tang dynasty. Much of her life has been mythified and used for propaganda purposes. However the story of Princess Wencheng and Songtsän Gampo has been cherished by the Tibetans and the rest of the Chinese people ever since. As historical record is sketchy, most what is known about the story is legendary.
Princess Li Wencheng was the most famous and beloved queen in Tibetan history, alongside with Princess Bhrikuti for Nepal. In 641, this beautiful and intelligent princess Wencheng was granted by Emperor Taizong of Tang to King Songtsän Gampo of Tibet for an involuntary act of the emperor’s heqin (marriage alliance) policy, when she was still very young. She is popularly known in Tibet as Gyasa, or “Chinese wife”. She brought the Tibetans many of the scientific and agricultural advances of the Tang dynasty and is also credited with the introduction of Buddhism into the region. It was a famous peace-making marriage in the Tang Dynasty.
Nowadays, the statues of Princess Wencheng and Songtsän Gampo are still in the Jokhang Monastery. Songtsän Gampo had the Ramoche Monastery built for the Buddha statues that Princess Wencheng had brought with her. The princess herself also had the Jokhang Monastery built, and in front of it she and Songtsän Gampo planted some willow trees now known as tangliu (the Tang willow). Today, the original statue of Sakyamuni believed to be brought by Princess Wencheng is still enshrined in the center of the main hall of the Jokhang Monastery. The chamber where they spent their first married life is still kept intact in the Potala Palace.
Songtsän Gampo died in 650 when he was only thirty-four years old, while the Princess lived as a widow in Tibet for another 30 years until her death, and never returned to China. Generation after generation of poets have written numerous verses to eulogize her. Her story was adapted to various theatrical forms. Two traditional observations have been devoted to her: the fifteenth day of the fourth month of each Tibetan year (the day when Princess Wencheng arrived in Tubo) and the fifteenth day of the tenth month of each Tibetan year (the birthday of Princess Wencheng). When the days come each year, the Tibetan people will turn out in their best costumes to sing and dance to commemorate her.
Click here to know more about The Tale Of Princess WenCheng (Bridging The Two Cultures).