Tourist, Traveller or Pilgrim?
There are many ways to see the world, and we must if we wish to travel, consider how and where we want to go. But often, travel is the least of our concern because we simply want to get to a particular destination. Therefore we need to consider our means of travel as well as our destination and reasons for wanting to be there.
The world’s first travellers were those undertaking some form of business. They may have been defining national territories, maintaining diplomatic relations between countries or travelling for trade and exchange.
As a consequence, trading routes were developed across the world to share goods and ideas. With the arrival of Christianity in Europe, many
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A feat of modern engineering
On July 1, 2006 the 1956 kilometre long Qinghai-Tibet Railway was opened allowing a free flow of visitors into the Tibetan region. It stretches from Xining, capital of Qinghai Province, to Lhasa in Tibet with connecting passenger trains from Beijing, Chengdu, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Xining and Lanzhou.
Acclaimed as a miracle of engineering and environmental protection as 960 km of the track sits 4000 meters above the sea level and the highest point at 5072 meters. Considerable effort has gone toward nature conservancy as five nature reserves lie along its route like the Hohxil Reserve, the largest habitat of the endangered Tibetan antelope. From and engineering perspective construction had many challenges like building the
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