Times are good for Liz Biggs (seen in photo five). She has been living in Shanghai, China, where she teaches English. Liz and I crossed paths in Bangkok back in 2003. She's from Cape Town, South Africa, and she was living the expat life in Bangkok. We were colleagues at the same language school. Although we lost touch for a few years, through Facebook, we have since reconnected. Thank goodness for technology! What's amazing to me is that Liz, when she's not working, is traveling extensively around China, visiting locales that I have only dreamt of seeing. For now, I am living vicariously through Liz! Over the next few weeks I plan to highlight some of her most interesting adventures. It really helps that she and her husband are excellent photographers, and are generous enough to let me use their photos!
We have all heard of Tibet and the Dalai Lama. The Dalai Lama is in exile, of course, but Tibet is very open for business. Liz flew from Shanghai to the capital city Lhasa and began her holiday (vacation for us Americans!). Click any of the images to enlarge.
Lhasa literally means "place of the gods" (Wikipedia). It lies at the foot of Mount Gephel. Notice the flat roofs.
This is the beautiful Potala Palace. At the back, there is a very, very long drop.
This is Lhasa from Jokang Temple. The Potala Palace is seen in the distance.
Liz and her guide, Jack, in the Jokhang Temple, the holiest center in Tibet.
This is Yangbajin Basin. There are lots of yaks in the vicinity! Take note of the farmers tending their fields.