On Tuesday, we were invited as honored guests to join in the celebration of the 90th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party.
Early in the morning, we were picked up by drivers from the engineering company in charge of building the new highway and tunnels into the valley and driven to the Balang Shan Pass (shan is the Chinese word for mountain), at an elevation of 4500 meters.
It was a perfect day, not a cloud in the sky, which is pretty rare for this area in the summer.
The celebration was quite interesting – lots of singing and dancing performances at an exceptionally high volume.
Luckily, much of what the MC’s said was translated for us. There was a lot said about the greatness of China and it’s people and happiness and the like.
Most of the performances were ethnic Tibetan. I’m hesitant to discuss the sensitive Tibet issue on the blog. Email me if you have questions.
The backdrop to the event was stunning – we were up above treeline, offering a fantastic view of birds soaring in the air currents and yaks milling about on the slopes above.