d alongside the world鈥榮 highest railway. The world famous Tibetan railway cost around 44.2 billion U.S. dollars to build and is considered to be something of an engineering marvel. The original Swiss engineer

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the consult ▓on building it concluded that trains were not meant to go that high. Apparently this one was. 銆€銆€Today we saw many people stan▓ding by the roadside holding plastic bags containing what I assume

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etables and waving them at passing motorists. Just as I was thinking to myself that few people would stop on a h▓ighway to buy something, our driver slammed ▓on his brakes and made a dash towards a seller. 銆€?/h2> €€Herd

ins came into view. 銆€銆€We caught our first▓ glimpse of Namco Lake from the top of the mountain and then it was back in the car for the forty-minute▓ drive down the other side. 銆€銆€Again the scenery changed. The snowy mountains were soon exchanged for blue skies, white clouds and green plains.▓ We were approaching the most holy lake is Tibet. 銆€銆€In contrast to our visit to Yamdro Yumtso Lake yesterday Namco Lake is more geared towards tourists. There was a car park full of cars and coach▓es, stalls selling everything from jewellery to horse r▓ides and plenty of tourists. Nevertheless it鈥榮 still very impressive. 銆€銆€Down by the shoreline we had a chance to meet some yaks as well as some travelers from ot

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€銆€He came back with a bag of mushrooms he bought for 40 yuan. I was told that because they were wild mushrooms grown in the mountains they were worth every kuai. I鈥榤 still not sure how h▓e knew they were mus

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e first place. 銆€銆€One of the hazards of driving in this part of the world is the yaks and cattle that sometimes meander across the roads. These are even more distracting to motorists than having bags of ve

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t you from the roadside. 銆€銆€Another driving hazard in Tibet is falling rocks fr▓om the mountains above. The solution? Constru▓cting large sheets of metal netting and ▓casting them across the mountains. I鈥榤 no

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her parts of China, the US and France▓. 銆€銆€After recording some interviews and taking some phot▓ographs it was back on the bus to find a place for lunch. As we were settling down to eat Liu yan and Thomas from "China Now" on "Beyond Beijing" called to have a chat about our travels. 銆€銆€After lunch we went back in the car for the long drive back to Lhasa. Along the way the beautiful scenery kept me company and a bath in the hotel welcomed me home for the night.  Profile of IndiaIndia, off▓icially the Republic of India is a country in South Asia. It is the seventh-largest cou▓ntry by geographical area, the second-most populous country, and the most populous democr▓acy in the world. Bounded by the In


effective this is but at least it provides some peace of mind that falling


e contained. 銆€銆€We arrived at the base ▓of Namco Lake to find a small shop selling yogurt. As this▓ was the last day of the "Yogurt fes▓tival" I had to try some. I was warned that the yogurt woul▓d be too sour w


, so I added some. I鈥榤 still not sure if it was made from yak鈥榮 milk or cow鈥榮 milk but it was delicious. 銆€銆€Along the way up the mountain I saw what looked to be camping sites strewn along either side

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uired with our driver whether these were permanent residents or campers. 銆€銆€I was▓ told these are herdsman who make their "temporary" h▓omes here during summer, autumn and▓ spring. This is so their livestock,


dian Ocean on the south, the Arabian Sea on the west, and the Bay of Bengal on t▓he east, India has a coastline of 7,517 kilometres (4,700 mi). It is bordered by Pakistan to the west;▓ People's Republic of China (PRC), Nepal, and Bhutan to the north; and Bangladesh and Myanmar to the east. India is in the vicinity of Sri Lanka, the Maldives, and Indonesia ▓in the Indian Ocean.Home to the Indus Valley Civilisation and a region of historic trade routes and vast empires, the Indian subcontinent was identified with its commercial and cultural wealth for much of▓ its long history. Four major religions, Hin▓duism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism originated there, while Zoroastrianism, Jud▓aism, Christianity and Islam arr


or cattle, have fresh pastures to ▓graze on. In winter they go back down the