Tuesday, July 04, 2006

slow train coming

How'd you like a 47-hour train ride at altitudes so high that you have to suck on oxygen? Well, now's your chance -- you can take the train from Beijing to Lhasa, the capital of Tibet.

The Chinese call this a great leap west. It will make it easier for people to get to Tibet, true. But ultimately this is less about economic development for Tibet and more about making the bonds that keep Tibet tied to China just that little bit tighter...