Month

April 2018
Whoever has visited a Tibetan Buddhist monastery, no matter if in Ladakh, Tibet or Bhutan, has also probably noticed, usually at the entrance of the temple, a drawing of the Buddhist Wheel of Life. This symbolic representation, or Bhavacakra, serves as a wonderful summary of what Buddhism is and also reminds us that every action...
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The symbol can be found in the art of most schools of Buddhism, especially in Tibetan Buddhism. Origins The eight auspicious symbols of Buddhism originated in Indian iconography. In ancient times, many of these same symbols were associated with the coronations of kings. In Buddhist legend, the symbol represents offering the gods made to the...
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The Tibetan Ephemeris, Calendar, and Almanac The Tibetan system of astronomy and astrology is extremely complex. It takes five years to study and master it at the Astro Division of the Tibetan Medical and Astro Institute in Dharamsala, India. Students learn to calculate everything by hand in the traditional manner, on a wooden board covered...
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Height of Mount Everest Mt Everest is 8,848 meters (29,029 feet) in height. A measurement officially recognized by both the Nepalese and Chinese governments. How high is Everest Base Camp? South Everest Base Camp is 5,364 meters (17,598 ft) The Tibetan North Side Base Camp is 5,545 meters (18,192 ft) Who discovered Mount Everest? No one really. It...
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Can you give a specific definition of checked baggage and carry-on? Checked baggage refers to the luggage given to the carrier for transport and picked up at the final destination. Carry-on or hand luggage refers to the smaller bags and personal items you are permitted to bring onto the plane and keep in the cabin...
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China Civil Aviation – Regulations & Security Check Regulations of Civil Aviation Administration of China Lithium Battery According to the Specifications for Air Transport of Dangerous Goods Carried by Passengers or Crew, the rated energy of lithium batteries that are taken onto an airplane either in hand baggage or consigned luggage should not exceed 160wh....
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With an altitude of nearly about 3,000 meters (9,843 feet), Nyingchi Airport has an advantaged position. It is about 400 kilometers (249 miles) from Lhasa and only about 120 kilometers (75 miles) from the mysterious Yarlung Tsangpo Canyon. It is a convenient air station for traveling in Tibet because it is closer to Lhasa compared...
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The total area (containing old and new terminal building) reaches about 25,000 square meters (6.2 acres). The hall for seeing off passengers is on the first floor of the new terminal building, together with the ticket office, sortation office of baggage and departure lounge for long-haul flights. Departure lounge and shops can be found on...
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Lhasa Railway Station, one end of Tibet Railway, is about 5 miles (8 kilometers) away from Potala Palace. At an altitude of 11,811 feet (3,600 meters), it is one of world’s highest railway stations. Currently, it operates trains to/from Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing, Lanzhou, and Shigatse. Decorated in both traditional Tibetan and modern styles, the railway terminal...
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Butter tea of the type made by Tibetans is made by boiling the tea leaves repeatedly. The best quality tea is boiled for around half the day and takes on a very dark color. It is then put into a traditional tea churn and salt and yak butter get added. It is churned vigorously by...
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Hong Kong is the main gateway to China, and the lands beyond, and is a major port for trade, commerce, and industry in Asia. Getting to Hong Kong is easy from any country in the world, and there are dozens of scheduled flights into this center of commerce every day. English is the main language in...
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