D G

Joined November 2016
  • Day15

    Visiting a chinese supermarket

    September 29, 2018 in China ⋅ 🌙 13 °C

    It's always interesting visiting a supermarket in another country. Here you can find: Weird vine bottles, Schnaps from the barrel (in different qualities), more soy sauce than you can imagine, animal parts that are a bit special for the german taste and last not least: Corn ice-cream (which is tasty btw)Read more

  • Day13

    Changes in scenery

    September 27, 2018 in China ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Yesterday we passed one of the highest glaciers in the world. After a long uphill ride to 5040 m, the glacier suddenly appeared before us reaching up to over 7100 m. It was simply breathtaking (and not only because of the thin air up here😉).
    Afterwards our road went downhill and the landscape changed quickly. We passed a reservoir and finally we spotted trees and farm land again.Read more

  • Day10

    Day 1: Easy going

    September 24, 2018 in China ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    An easy first day of biking. Flat, only 100m height on 65km. Very good road. Quite a lot of traffic, but super relaxed. Everybody is very tolerant with us, passing cars are keeping a lot of distance. We were able to ride on the road without problems, if passing was not possible people stayed behind us. Wish we could ride that relaxed in Germany...

    And a local woman was very impressed by Annika's calfs.
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  • Day9

    Debates

    September 23, 2018 in China ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    According to buddhist belief in Tibet ignorance is one of the greatest sins (the others are greed and jealousy).
    Monks have to study all their life. More importantly they have to understand... So they have debates everyday. Meaning one monk is sitting down while another one is standing beside him asking him questions. For several hours. This will also decide about the seating order in the main hall (meaning their status in the monastery).
    It is really fascinating to watch, although we can‘t understand the language.
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  • Day8

    Visiting Potala palace

    September 22, 2018 in China ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

    It is without doubt one of the most impressive buildings in the world: The Dalai Lama's palace in Lhasa. Being Tibet's palace and administrative building since the 17th century it's now empty since the Dalai Lama fled to India in the 1950s. It's Lhasa's main tourist attraction. Though the number of tickets is limited to 3000 a day it's packed with people. You can only visit a small part of the over 1000 rooms and you have only 50 minutes for the visit. (And it's super expensive, btw.)

    Still it is very impressive, especially as the tourist crowds are mixing with the pilgrims worshipping the different holy items. Not to forget: The enormous political symbol that lies in the building, being the home of the Dalai Lama. Police and military is everywhere. And fire extinguishers. They were put up everywhere since Buddhist monks burnt themselves a couple of years ago protesting against the Chinese occupation.

    If you are wondering why there are no pictures from inside: it's usually not allowed to take pictures inside Buddhist places.
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  • Day7

    Arriving in Lhasa

    September 21, 2018 in China ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

    So, we finally made it to Lhasa.
    After a 24 hrs train ride across 5000 m high passes and permafrost ground.
    No altitude sickness so far, and we immediately got some chinese medicine to keep it that way😉.
    Lhasa is breathtaking in other ways, the light, the temples, the people. Can‘t wait to explore more.Read more

  • Day6

    Dancing in the streets

    September 20, 2018 in China ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    No need for a dance floor in China. Just go to the nearest park, set up your boom box, turn the volume to max and start dancing. No matter if you are into Chinese pop music, traditional songs or gangnam style, there is something for everyone.

  • Day6

    Wannabe Rockstar friendly

    September 20, 2018 in China ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Have you ever been in the mood of destroying a hotel room but were afraid of the costs? Go to China. They have a pricelist for each and every item in the room, so you can party according to your budget.

    It's not long ago that Chinese people, especially business men, were partying so hard on their rooms that the hotels came up with the pricelist.

    Have a closer look at the items, it's entertaining to find weird items.
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  • Day6

    The first buddhist monastery

    September 20, 2018 in China ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    We arrived in the Himalaya and that means that we visited our first buddhist monastery, the Kumbum monastery in Huangzhung. The temple is the birthplace of Tsongkhapa, the founder of Gelug buddhism and an important pilgrimage site.
    But it became a special visit for us because we were immediately spotted out by a young monk. He showed us every corner of the monastery, was joking all the time and loved posing for pictures.Read more

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