Buckle your seatbelt.
Yesterday’s blog entry about Petrol from China got 16,500 views and lots of comments. It was loaded with maps and statistics. I got lots of feedback.
There were still people who said I was a pessimist.
But it will be fine because -it needs to be fine!
that seemed to be the attitude.
Wishing will not make it so. Throwing a tantrum like a two-year-old, and calling names at anybody who disagrees, will not make it so either.
The Kathmandu Post described the plan to start an actual petrol shipment this week. Click here to read it. It’s possible that some of the oil will get from China to Nepal this week. The question is, whether that can happen every day, in quantities large enough. One kilo-liter of fuel may seem like a lot – but in normal times, it would only fuel the city for two or three days.
Here is the same road I described, with photos and videos.
the route is called the Arniko Highway. When gets to Rasuwa, the name changes to Friendship Highway.
Dec 19th update: click here for an article about the effects of the landslide on the two towns.
Friendship Highway first
Click here for an excellent Photo essay.
Here’s one about five minutes long.
There is a site called “World’s Top Ten Most Dangerous Roads” and the Friendship Highway was #2.
#2 Measuring 5,476 km and running from Shanghai to Zhangmu along the Nepal border, Sichuan-Tibet highway is not only China’s longest road but it is also one of the world’s most dangerous roads. The road has a record of more than a whopping 7,500 deaths for every 100,000 motorists who use it every year. The road will take you through vast landscapes with peaks vaulting skyward. Climate here is quiet unpredictable and it could change right in front of you. It is suicidal to driving fast on this road.
The Border Crossing
Click here for an excellent narrative of the conditions of the Arniko Highway. This was written for a Tour Company, to entice Western tourists to go to Lhasa !
When you find these videos and pictures, you have to be careful to see the year. Here is one from 2012. The road is “better” since then – sort of.
The Kodari Landslide
This was on the Nepal side. crews worked around the clock to fix this road.
The Potala Palace
As I wrote yesterday, the challenges of using the Arniko Highway are formidable. Just from a standpoint of the road conditions I do not think it is possible.