Friday, 14th September 2018, drizzling in the a.m.
Today we packed our bags and move from a quiet-creepy hotel in Nyingchi to an old-dirty-dusty hotel in Lhasa. (￣ヘ￣)
Lhasa, which means “Land of the Gods” and is over 1,300 years old, sits in a valley right next to the Lhasa River. It is a city and administrative capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region of the People’s Republic of China. The main urban area of Lhasa is roughly equivalent to the administrative borders of Chengguan District, which is part of the wider Lhasa prefecture-level city, an area formerly administered as a prefecture.
Lhasa is the second most populous city on the Tibetan Plateau after Xining and, at an altitude of 3,490 meters (11,450 ft), Lhasa is one of the highest cities in the world. The city has been the religious and administrative capital of Tibet since the mid-17th century. It contains many culturally significant Tibetan Buddhist sites such as the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Norbulingka Palaces. [source: wikipedia]
Most of the time we spent today on the bus, for about 12 hours journey (including the stopover). And our first stop was Basong Lake. (ﾉ´ з `)ノ
I swear… most of these pics i didn’t even edit it!
Dragsum Tsho (Tibetan: བྲག་གསུམ་མཚོ་, Wylie: brag gsum mtsho, THL: Draksum Tso, Pagsum Co (simplified Chinese: 八松错; traditional Chinese: 八松錯; pinyin: Bāsōng Cuò), literally meaning “three rocks” in Tibetan, is a lake covering 28 square kilometres in Gongbo’gyamda County, Nyingchi Prefecture of the Tibet Autonomous Region, China, approximately 300 km (190 mi) east of Lhasa.
Basong Cuo (Basong Lake) is on a branch of the Bahe River, Gongbogyamda County, Nyingchi Region, east of Tibet. “Co” means a green pool or lake in Tibetan. Basong Cuo or Gongga Lake is an alpine lake walled up by terminal moraines. Its water surface is 3500 meters above sea level. The maximum depth of the lake is 60 meters. With beautiful scenes combined by snowy mountains, glaciers, forests and green lakes, Basong Co is one of the best tourist resorts in the whole Tibet.
Arrived at the touristic area of Basong Lake, we all went down and continued with their smaller local bus to the lake for about 10 minutes. From there, we walked on wooden bridge to a small island called Xianren to see their small temple, and beautiful snow mountain from afar. (๑˘︶˘๑)
Finished with the small island and the beautiful lake who comes in a lot of different names, we headed to breathtaking Mila Mountain. (っ˘ω˘ς )
Mila Mountain, or Mira Mountain (Chinese: 米拉山; pinyin: Mǐ lā shān), is a mountain in the Tibet Autonomous Region of China, roughly 150 kilometres (93 mi) by road northeast of Lhasa. The road pass that runs by its peak is one of the highest on China National Highway 318. The Mountain lies on the border between the Lhasa Prefecture and the Nyingchi Prefecture, and has an elevation of 5,300 metres (17,060 ft) above sea level.
Here, few of my super sisters (including Ling, my roommate), experienced altitude sickness such as; headache and vomiting. Lucky I wasn’t the one. Even though I wasn’t the super healthy one, but I wasn’t the one in that vomiting position. I did have a light headache, but with my low blood pressure, headache is something I experience almost every week. Not a biggie for me. <(￣︶￣)>
And by the way, after the food-poisoning last night, I started to doubt what my tongue said was nice. At this point I know my tummy sometimes strongly disagree with my tongue. So I decided to take more carbs and some safe proteins (like eggs!) and try not to eat too much of their veggies especially mushrooms. I just simply didn’t trust my tongue anymore. (」°ロ°)」
Another lucky thing I got from this journey was my front seat! I had the best seat due to I was the only one in the group who doesn’t understand Chinese. Annie suggested me to sit next to her, so she could do direct translation for me. She was the best tour leader I’ve ever met (and so far I’ve only been in one tour, which is this one!) Here are some pictures I took along the way from Nyingchi to Lhasa. All these taken from my Xperia phone. Enjoy!!! ( ´ ▽ ` ).｡ｏ♡
i found my favorite milk!
And that’s pictures for today. Please respect the proprietary of these pictures. Thousands of staircases are waiting for me tomorrow. ٩(｡•́‿•̀｡)۶