While many international travels arrive into Tibet by flying into Lhasa, the Qinghai-Tibet Railway is a increasingly popular route. This railway includes the world's highest railway track and highest rail tunnel. Though I began my journey through the country in Lhasa, I also toured the nearby town of Shigatse and Lake Nam with a multilingual travel guide who spoke Mandarin, Central Tibetan, English, French and probably a host of other languages that he didn't mention. Some of the other photos below are courtesy of Jichen Echo, a writer and artist living in Dali, China, who traveled through the Tibetan countryside on her own. Like me, she saw astonishing sights.
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