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Little Tibet Revisited

 

Police presence in Chengdu's Tibetan neighborhood

On the afternoon of March 22, I decided to revisit the Tibetan neighborhood in Chengdu. I was overdue for a Tibetan meal with butter tea, and was wondering what the scene was like in that area given the escalation of violent protests which had occurred in Tibet and western China.

I was immediately struck by the heavy police presence, yet despite police cars with flashing lights every 50 meters and motorcycle cops buzzing back and forth, it seemed quiet. A giant police bus was parked across the street from the Tibetan restaurant where I ate. On the surface, it seemed like business as usual.

Tibetan lunch

Butter tea is very salty. If I had made it to Tibet, I would've made an effort to acquire a taste for it. Instead, I focused on my yak dumplings and yak meat and green pepper stir fry – what turned out to be far too much food for me. Then again, how often does one get to eat yak?

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Kango Suz

Wednesday 16th of April 2008

With the buttery tea- do they add butter to the tea for a creamer or is it the main ingredient? Those dumplings... yummy!!!! If I hadn't already planned my Fish Taco Cart Wednesday luncheon I would be now trying to find some dumplings.

Dave

Thursday 17th of April 2008

I'm not sure how they make it, but I bet it's comforting during the cold nights on the Tibetan plateau.

Kango Suz

Wednesday 16th of April 2008

With the buttery tea- do they add butter to the tea for a creamer or is it the main ingredient? Those dumplings... yummy!!!! If I hadn't already planned my Fish Taco Cart Wednesday luncheon I would be now trying to find some dumplings.

Dave

Thursday 17th of April 2008

I'm not sure how they make it, but I bet it's comforting during the cold nights on the Tibetan plateau.

Erica

Wednesday 16th of April 2008

probably not as often as yakking when they eat.

Erica

Wednesday 16th of April 2008

probably not as often as yakking when they eat.

Nomadic Matt

Wednesday 16th of April 2008

those dumbling make me happy i'll be in china soon.

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