Aug 1, 2012

Cristal Fan, a Langara student in the University Transfer program, went for a trip to Tibet with her family this summer.  She shares her journey visiting this beautiful region.



This is the picture I took on the train of the highest elevation of the whole journey. The height is 4986 meters!

Tibet is one of the most mysterious places on earth. It is the highest region in the world, with an average elevation of 4,900 meters.

This summer I was so lucky to visit Tibet with my family. Because of the high elevation, we decided to take the train from Shanghai to enter Tibet. This is the only railway that connects lower mainland China to Tibet.

It must be difficult and very tiring for the workers to design to build this railway because of the high elevation, bad weather, and difficult working conditions. This is similar to Chinese workers building railways in Canada at earlier times. They both had bad working conditions and heavy work loads.


After three days on the train, we finally arrived at Lhasa. The most famous architecture in this city is the Potala Palace as you see in this picture. There is no elevator in Potala Palace, so everyone had to walk to the top. It’s very difficult to climb because of the height!


Here is a picture of people making a vow to Buddha by putting some money in the water. It’s really similar to the Fontana di Trevi in Rome. It seems whether you are Asian or European, everyone has a similar way to make an offering.   


This picture is the famous Brahmaputra River. This is not a painting but a photo in spring. The Brahmaputra River is one of the most important rivers in China. The sky is pure blue and it reminds me of the sky in Vancouver.


This is the traditional yogurt in Tibet. It’s not similar to the yogurt in Canada. It has a thick-like tofu texture and tastes very sour, but it still has the traditional flavor of yogurt.   Food in Tibet is really different from other regions in China. Because of the cold weather, people there have to eat meat to increase their energy level. Beef and lamb are common dishes for the Tibetan people. Usually they would grill it or eat it raw (I cannot eat raw meat!)   The journey to Tibet lasted one week. Afterwards I came back to Shanghai for the remainder of my trip.I noticed that I felt more comfortable in Shanghai than in Vancouver. I can speak Mandarin instead of thinking how to say things in English. I know my way around Shanghai including the shops and restaurants. Also, the variety of shopping malls in Shanghai is the other reason I love this city.However, I have to come back Vancouver for study. It’s not as sad like the first time I arrived here but I still feel homesick.Some tips for international students: while you are in Canada, remember you are part of Canada. Try to not speak your own language. However, when you are visiting home, just relax. No more exam stress, no more essays or papers - just have fun!Hope everyone has a great summer!~ Cristal Fan