How the Cookie Crumbles

Life and scribbles on the far side of SIXTY-FIVE

China 27: High anxiety


A riveting China adventure 30 years ago but still exciting!

Writer's notebook

Copyright Elaine Canham, 2015 Copyright Elaine Canham, 2015

Continuing my 1985 diary of a trip to China and Tibet

I can’t believe Lhasa when I see it. There must be some mistake; wide roads, a block of flats and modern buildings. I am so disappointed, I thought it was going to be some mysterious mountain hideout with buddhists.

Actually, I didn’t know what I thought it was going to be, but not this. This is awful. Of course, what I don’t realise is that this is the Chinese part of town, and that, although Lhasa is 12,000 ft up it is flat because it is built on a huge plateau.

The Range Rover draws into courtyard in front of a Chinese guest house and we say goodbye to the German Speaker, who has been so helpful. He looks astounded.

‘But this is the guesthouse where you will stay,’ he says.

‘We’re going to the…

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9 thoughts on “China 27: High anxiety

  1. Amazing story, Tess. Yours sounds benign compared to this!


  2. The guy in the photo obviously takes his fashion cues from Lady Ga Ga!


  3. How tension-filled and not a get way to start a trip to Nepal. We had similar situations in Eastern Europe when we lived there under Russian rule before the collapse of the USSR.


  4. What an interesting story – and very disturbing. I always worry about being taken advantage of as a tourist.