Urumqi China 2
Bishkek Kyrgyzstan 1
Bishkek Kyrgyzstan 2
Almaty Kazakhstan 1
Zharkent Kazakhstan 1
Almaty Kazakhstan 2
Zharkent Kazakhstan 2
Urumqi China 3
Zhang Ye China
Wu Wei China
Lanzhou China 2
KATHMANDU: The flute seller. One morning early I walked the city streets
around my hotel and captured this scene of the man selling and demonstrating
The flight from Delhi got me into Kathmandu early in the morning, my favorite time for arrivals. With the whole day ahead, walking into town can be leisurely. After arrival I walked the 10 km into town from the airport. Local people at the airport entrance gave me wrong directions and I ended up taking the long way into town. The photo directly below shows one of the first business streets I discovered.
Initially I planned to cross the border with Tibet by bus with a group of at least five arranged by a travel agent, then on to Lhasa by another bus arranged for our group, then desert the group and make a private reservation on an obscure Chinese airline for Chungdu. The land trip from Kathmandu to Lhasa takes 3-4 days under sometimes-primitive conditions and the flights to Lhasa have been discontinued until the first of April. It now looks like my best option will be to go back to Bangkok and make a China connection from there.
One morning early I walked the city streets around my hotel and found all this street market activity as shown in the picture to the right.
As I just broke another tooth, heading back to Bangkok would give me a chance to see the dentist who fixed the other broken tooth back in December. Time is getting short as I my current visa requires entering China by 17 March! Guess I spent too much time in India. So much for serendipity.
Although the travel arrangements for getting into China from here have not worked out, being in Kathmandu again is wonderful. Nothing much has changed since my first visit way back in 1988. There are more tourists, cars and motorcycles of course, but the feel of the place has changed little. The congestion actually adds a dimension of excitement to the place. Between visits to the Chinese consulate and several travel agents I found plenty of time for exploring, little camera always at the ready.
Bye for now.