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A Visit to the Rooftop of the World - Tibet

A June 2007 trip to Tibet by beautysan

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Quote: We flew in from Chengdu to Lhasa, acclimatize for first three days before we set off for our 4WD adventure, following the Friendship Highway from Lhasa all the way to EBC then head north to Namtco and back to Lhasa. We took the Qinghai-Tibet train back to Chengdu.

A Visit to the Rooftop of the World - Tibet

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Looming above Lhasa city, Potala Palace is definitely a highlight to anyone who visits Tibet. Taking the Friendship Highway is quite a highlight in itself. The scenery is very beautiful, especially on the way to Yamdrok-Tso, and the way from Shigatse to Namtco lake. Namtco Lake - the highest salt water lake in the world. On a good day, the water will be as blue as turquoise, reflecting the snow mountain and the blue sky. Absolutely stunning! Quick Tips: My advice for Acute Mountain Sickness(AMS) is you at least need three days to acclimatize in Lhasa first before you set off to anywhere higher. Flying into Lhasa would mean an abrupt change in elevation of up to ~3600m if you are flying i...Read More
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Chengdu is the gateway city for entering Tibet. We flew to Chengdu from our home country so that we could make further arrangement to fly into Lhasa. We actually booked Sam's guesthouse and arranged for an airport pick-up(RMB70 per car) with Sam. A very friendly guy from Sam's turned up at the airport to pick us up, gave us a brief introduction of Chengdu and sent us to Holly's Hostel at the Tibetan quarter instead. Sam's guesthouse was full that day. It turned out to be a blessing in disguise. Holly's hostel was quite a gem, tucked in the quieter side of town and near to the JingLi food street and Wuhou Temple. We took the double bedroom with attached bathroom and air-conditioned. The room...Read More

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Holly's Hostel
No.246 Wuhouci Dajie
Chengdu, China

Tashi Takgay Hotel

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Tashi Takgay Hotel Photo, Tibet, China
This hotel has never got good reviews from guide books. I tried this hotel out because I was suffering from AMS too much to search for another hotel around the Barkhor. (I checked out Lonely Planet’s author’s choice: Pentoc Guesthouse but gosh was I disgusted with the toilets!) Up a flight of stairs to the first floor, the guest rooms are on both sides of a dark and dodgy-looking corridor. The rooms on the right side of the corridor have better sunlight and ventilation as they are facing the alley outside the hotel. The rooms on the left side open out to the cafeteria downstairs, which is rather unpleasant with the smell of oily food filling your room to aggravate your AMS. ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on September 10, 2007