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Chinese Restaurant | by Desmond Kavanagh
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Chinese Restaurant

From the China's Tibet collection. See the link for all photos and the book.

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The view back towards Nepal from a Chinese restaurant clinging to the very edge of Tibet in Zhangmu.

 

The border between Nepal and China was a joke. There is a bridge across a gorge that marks the boundary, on the Nepalese side there is a dirt road lined with ramshackle concrete buildings with corrugated iron roofs, immigration is in one such shanty dwelling. Across the bridge then there is a great monsterous arch decorated with national symbols and colours and guarded by a pair of stone faced soldiers in glass boxes (not sure what use they were inside the boxes). Not to mention the thirty or so soldiers just hanging around the corner behind the arch who wouldnt let me read a welcome plaque, they just ushered me on to the huge airport style terminal building where we had our bags pulled apart and every pocked searched.

 

Needless to say my lonely planet for Tibet was confiscated by a very angry looking border guard. Upon crossing to the first town the change was immediately obvious. It was an unmistakably Chinese town. I suppose an incredibly well guarded border into a highly secure region in the highest mountain range in the world will do that.

 

After eating here and practising my non existent chopstick skills we headed off on jeep up and over the himalayas. It was expectedly incredible.

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Taken on August 11, 2009