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Week Three

Two cities in one week?! That was my reaction when I found out the itinerary for this past week. Let me start off by saying that I suffered from high altitude sickness the whole time I was in Lhasa but it was well worth it. The sky was blue, the...

Two cities in one week?! That was my reaction when I found out the itinerary for this past week. Let me start off by saying that I suffered from high altitude sickness the whole time I was in Lhasa but it was well worth it. The sky was blue, the water was clear, and the sight of the mountains was breathtaking. I arrived in Lhasa, Tibet on Saturday night after a 46-hour train ride. The first two days were spent visiting the former Dalai Lamas' Summer and Potala (Winter) Palaces, which are so beautiful and rich! We also had the pleasure of attending a lecture given by a professor at Tibet University about the culture, religion and history of Tibet. As Tibet is known for its devout Buddhists, we visited monasteries and temples in order to experience and witness the people practicing their religion and never have I seen such faithful followers. The Tibetan people are also the nicest people that I have met because they are genuinely interested in foreigners and eager to share and learn the different cultures.

The next city visited was Chengdu, which according to our tour guide is famous for the 3 hots: hot weather, hot food and hot people. I can't really say much about the people, but the weather was cold and the food was indeed hot and spicy and I loved it! In addition to enjoying the spicy Sichuan cuisine, the group did a lot of sightseeing. My favorite places were the local office of China Western Metropolitan News and Agilent Technologies, which split from HP a few years ago. The highlight of my week was visiting a Panda breeding base! Lhasa and Chengdu were the perfect mix of business and culture, which is what I am all about!