Day 4 – Ganden, Drigung Til and Tidrum

June 28, 2010

On day 4 we finally got out of the city and into some more interesting parts of Tibet.  This was one of the best days of the trip and definitely the most interesting culturally. Our first stop of the day was Ganden Monastery, about two hours outside Lhasa.  This is a large monastery even today, […]

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Day 3 – Potala Palace and Sera Monastery

June 24, 2010

Our main destinations on day 3 were the Potala Palace, which was the seat of government and home of the Dali Lama, and Sera Monastery.   The Potala Palace has timed tickets so that the place does not get too crowded.  Not only do you have to check in on time, but you must check out […]

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Day 2 – Jokhang Temple and Norbulingka

June 23, 2010

Our two main destinations today were the Jokhang Temple and the Norbulingka Palace.  Briefly, Jokhng Temple is the most important temple in Tibet and was build in the 600’s.  Norbulingka served as the summer residence of the Dali Lama. For more details on these sites you can check out the Wikipedia entries on Jokhang Temple […]

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Rama Kharpo Guesthouse Review

June 21, 2010

Our first three nights in Tibet were spent at the Rama Kharpo Guesthouse.  It’s a good location with a great staff and decent facilities. Unfortunately, our daughter managed to pick up BED BUGS there so I can’t recommend the place.  She is the only one of the four of us that picked them up though, […]

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Tibet With Kids

June 18, 2010

Tibet probably isn’t a kid’s first choice for vacation and the adults who choose to take their children to Tibet may not get to do everything they’d otherwise do, but traveling in Tibet with children is possible and leads to many experiences you might not otherwise have.  I’ve wanted to visit Tibet for a long […]

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LAX – What a Disaster

June 18, 2010

Though rants are not the typical subject matter of this blog I can’t help but vent my frustration at flying through LAX.  Normally, I’m attempting to share information and lessons learned and here is what I learned in the last 24 hours: Avoid LAX if it is possible.  I’m not quite sure what the tipping […]

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Beijing Guides

June 2, 2010

We used a private guide for our family in Beijing.  Coordinating multiple taxis was more than I was ready to take on so I made arrangements to have a van take us around for a couple of days to get to the sights that are farthest away from the city.  The guide we used was […]

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Beijing Zoo

June 2, 2010

After visiting the dingy Hangzhou zoo three years ago I had prepared for the worst when we decided to take the kids to the Beijing Zoo.  The Hangzhou zoo had dancing bears and many enclosures were filled with trash from people who were feeding the animals.  I was pleasantly surprised to find the animal habitats […]

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Aladdin’s 3D Adventure in Shanghai

June 1, 2010

We just got back from seeing Aladdin’s 3D adventure at the Shanghai Academy Theater.  Here is a quick review.  This was a surprisingly good show.  This show combines live acting with 3D projections during part of the show.  It could have been cheesy, but it turned out to be an excellent effect. The costumes were […]

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Fundazzle Beijing

May 31, 2010

A little more than halfway through our trip in Beijing the kids were in desperate need of a break from the sightseeing and the adults needed a break from hounding the kids to be quiet and quit running.  Kids are kids and it is not in their nature to sit still and be quiet for […]

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