My sleeper compartment

SYNOPSIS:  22 hours in transit.  About a special train, a special ride, and a special welcome.

By now the increased police presence at train stations is part of what I expect, and after seeing the militarization of Urumqi and Xinjiang province, Xining felt outright benign.  Every travel book on Tibet written in the West, warns that its possession will cause problems.  Luggage checks on trains and at airports are common.  If a book on Tibet is found, it will be confiscated. 

But policies change as fast around here as the urban landscapes.  For nothing had I wrapped my beloved German Tibet Guide by Karl-Heinz Everding in cloth, stuffed it in a small purse, and then hidden it under my baggy clothes.VIEW PHOTOS AND READ THE WHOLE STORY