Kham then and now. A photoblog showing how eastern Tibet looked in the 1920s and how the same places and people look now. Based on the explorations of botanist Joseph Rock.
Thursday, October 06, 2011
Trip to Choni/Jone cancelled
Tomorrow evening I was due to be setting off on what should have been my 'final' Rock trip, to Gansu province. I was hoping to fly to Lanzhou and visit some of the places that Rock explored during his extended trip to Amnye Machen, namely the monasteries at Choni and Ragya. However, it was not meant to be. A couple of weeks ago I had an accident cycling home from work, in which I broke my ankle and tibia after being squashed by a car. Ten weeks on crutches, and I can't even walk to the bus stop without a couple of rests, so there'l be no walking in the footsteps of Rock for a while either.
My flight ticket also turned out to effectively be non-refundable/changeable as well. Hint - don't ever book with Zuji, unless you like making long futile calls to Indian call centres.
Ah well, perhaps next year.
Dr Joseph Rock was an Austrian-born American botanist who explored the Tibetan borderlands of Sichuan and Yunnan ins the 1920s and 30s. This is a blog of my travels to revisit the amazing places he described in the National Geographic magazine.