Tibet is a corner of the planet in many ways mysterious and inaccessible. Shrouded in a considerable number of legends, separated from the rest of the world by difficult mountain passes and rather complicated long-term registration of entry documents, it is hidden from our eyes behind a veil of clouds. This is a distant and mysterious kingdom of monks, accustomed to turning their prayer wheel steadily against the backdrop of great mountains. However, the modern world is such that even on the "roof of the world" you can already feel the trend of time.
Using the services of a travel agency that picked up our tour, guide and transport, we received official permission to enter the capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region - Lhasa.
As soon as we got off the plane, we immediately plunged into the magical world of blue sky, bright sun, almost tangible ultraviolet (Lhasa is located at an altitude of 3.6 thousand meters above sea level).
During our first hours in Tibet, we did not feel any discomfort due to lack of oxygen. But after 12 hours, his symptoms became obvious and difficult to bear: headache, dizziness, incessant sneezing and tingling of the cheeks - blood vessels burst. By the way, this makes the cheeks of many Tibetans bright red, they call themselves "red-faced".
From the airport to the city, a highway runs along the mountain plateau, framed by mountain ranges. Parallel to the road is the high-altitude Brahmaputra River, which flows beyond the borders of China into Bangladesh and India and flows into the Bay of Bengal. The fields that were sometimes visible from the windows were covered with yellow ears of corn-this is barley, one of the sources of food of the local population, "strong food", according to our guide. Strong because it gives a lot of strength, or because it grows in such unfavorable conditions.
On the other side of the car, the mountains were rushing by. Mountains are close, far away, everywhere solid terracotta stone massifs, which from a distance s ... Read more