Development is like swimming... You have to keep going, otherwise, you'll drown. Invited to join the site visit to inspect one of the longest underground water system construction in Beijing.
My thoughts on Tibet are still mix. It's a mosaic of deep history, majestic tradition and creeping modernity (it's hard to miss the BMW showroom from the train station upon arriving!) A place where one really experiences the power of one's environment. One's mental, physical (and spiritual for those who are) are pushed to the limits!
One thing I am sure of, you need really good & understanding friends to survive the high-altitude challenges of Tibet!
"True friends push you to be the best... But better friends walk beside you to make sure you don't run out of air."
... appreciating the bigger meaning of life.