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Come to Tibet despite of any barriers

RUSSIAN FEDERATION | Tuesday, 13 May 2014 | Views [73] | Scholarship Entry

I travelled in China without special plan and moved from point to point choosing interesting places. I wanted to visit Tibet, but it is limited for visit of foreigners. It seems i didn't have chances to do it because i travelled alone and according to strict regulations i should travel with group and having Government Permit. All touristic offices were closed during Chinese New Year. And I began a “game” "Come to Lhasa". At first, I tried to buy ticket for train in the office but cashier refused me to buy. TRY AGAIN? YES. I asked one Chinese girl in the hostel to buy a ticket in the Internet. We checked trains and discovered that all seats were busy. Next day we checked again and found only one seat in one train! It was midnight. Booking system operates till 23:00. We woke up at 7 am to try again. She has done it very fast! LEVEL 1. DONE. I printed the ticket and the next level is to cross ticket control and come in the train. It was New Year vacations and hundreds of Chinese stood in the queue waiting a boarding. The train delayed for 20 minutes. After the announcement of boarding people moved very fast and I am with them showing the ticket for controller and not showing my face. Train-keepers hurried everybody including me. And I came in the coach. LEVEL 2. DONE. Chinese people tried to talk with me in the train even not knowing English. I practiced my Chinese asked people about a correct pronunciation of Chinese words. There was Police control on the Lhasa station. Policeman took my passport and asked about Permit. I answered I didn’t have it and policeman asked me to go in the office. He asked me about my profession (I didn’t say about journalism) and I answered that I’m Russian student. He confirmed my staying until tomorrow and called in the hostel. LEVEL 3. DONE. But it was not finally. Next day I came to the Main Police office. A policewoman asked me a lot about my purposes in Lhasa. Nevertheless, she allowed my staying for 3 days. WINNER! I was really lucky and happy. I visited Potala Palace and many Buddhist monasteries. I remembered a one especially on the top of the mountain. I walked up and had a crazy headache because of neck of oxygen. I reached this place by small vehicle and one monk met me and invited inside. He offered a milk tea and spoke English fluently asking about me. Then another monk joined and I seated with them and heard their dialog. I will never forget this experience!

Tags: 2014 Travel Writing Scholarship - Euro Roadtrip

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