I should really be giving my locations around China in vertical measurements, rather than where i am in the country…since i seem to be going up and up!
I started off in Chengdu at 500m above sea level, moved to Luding at 2100m, then to Moxi at around 2400, then onto Kangding at 2900m and have just arrived in an amazing little town called Litang at a whopping 4014m above sea level!
The road here runs along the Southern Tibetan highway and basically goes right through the himalayas. On our trip here we made passes at over 5000m high!!
So, in short (why did God make me so funny!!) the air’s a bit short (oh here i go again!) but the people are amazing. We’re in fully fledged Tibetan country now (despite the government not classing this as inside the Tibetan Region), so there are yaks a plenty, lots of tents on moutains which are scarily high…lots of mountains which are scarily high (i think from this town you can see 6 peaks all over 6000m, with some as high as 7600m!…that’s nearly half the height of Ben Nevis!).
The Tibetan people all seem rather cool…with some amazing faces and costumes (although they all seem to smell a bit cheesy…i’m not sure exactly what it is…but i think it’s cause yak milk, cheese, yogurt etc are so popular here…probably how many westerners smell to Asians!). I watched in awe as very young kids performed amazing acrobatics on the street for a few pennies (videos coming soon!), and in even more awe as children about the same age were puffing on cigarettes!