A train to Lhasa
The highest railway in the world. Soldiers and monks, temples and neon columns, ice and sand, Muslims and Buddhists and Maoists, total silence and immense noise, stone houses and modern buildings. 2600 miles connecting Beijing to Lhasa, built in one of the most difficult terrains in the world. The Chinese say it is a new and effective way of bringing Tibet into the 21st century, The Western World replies that is simply a new way of fulfilling what the Dalai Lama once called “Tibet’s cultural genocide”. Tibetans apparently would just like to live in their own way and in their own country.