Month

November 2016
A lot of people believe that Zhongdian (中甸) was renamed into Shangri-la in order to boost tourism. The truth is Shangri-la is just a figment of imagination of a writer, but nevertheless, Zhongdian or Shangri-la is just as mystical as the mythical place in the book. It features Old Town, which highlights the fun Tibetan culture that...
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If you are looking to play with pandas while in China, then your schedule needs to include a visit to the Wolong Natural Reserve. The Wolong Giant Panda natural Reserve is the world’s largest panda reserve and research institution. It is also the world’s largest breeding base and panda sperm bank.   Through artificial insemination and...
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Kubum Monastery, is located in Qinghai Province, in the county of Huangzhong, which is more than 20 kilometers from Xining proper. It was built mainly for the Gelugpa or the Yellow Hat Sect, a kind of Buddhism that is popular in Tibet. Hence, the monastery is more than a home for the monks; it’s also...
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When looking down from the top of the Tamala Pass, Jampaling Monastery appears tucked in the crisscrossing mountain ranges on a knoll-composed layers of red earth formed by ancient glaciers between the Tsarchu and Ngom Qu Rivers. This monastery was founded during the Ming period by a disciple of Tsongkapa after Tsongkapa’s religious reform in...
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In the Area between kunlun mountains, Tanggula mountains and Gangdise- Nyachentangla mountains, its land area covers 2/3 of the whole Tibet. Its Average elevation reaches more than 4,500 m. With unique scenery, Chang tang Grassland teems with 1,000 species of wildlife, of which some 40 species under the protection of the state and autonomous region....
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Yumbulagang Palace situated in NeDong County, about 8 km outh of Tsedang town. Known as the first imperial palace in Tibet, was built in the second century BC by Nyatri Tsanpo. In the 7th century AD, Songtsan Gampo moved the capital to Lhasa and Yumbulagang palace gradually became a Buddhist palace, and then the 5th...
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As one of the sacred lakes in Tibet and one of the highest fresh water lakes in the world, Manasarovar or Mapam Yutso lake is 4,586 m above sea level and 77 m deep, with an area of 412 sq km. on the slope of the mountain by the lake stands the Jiwu monastery, which...
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Horse race and arrow shooting are popular sports on the vast expanse of grassland in Tibet, which has a history of more than 500 years in the regular horse racing festival ceremony, starting from Gyantse in back Tibetan area. During the year of 1408, In memory of the local King Rapten Kunsang, the festival falls...
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The Tibetans are a people whose love of nature has given rise to a special national custom, the Lingka Festival. The fifth month by the Tibetan calendar is the best season for Lingka, so people leave their houses and put up tents in the thick forest in Lingka, and happily enjoy the charity of nature....
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This is the greatest religious festival in Tibet. Originated from Tsongkpa in 1409, the founder of the Gelukpa sect. Monks from the Three Great Monastery of Tibet assemble in Jokhang for prayer to Shakyamuni’s imaThe Great Prayer Festivalge as if it were the living Buddha.According to the legend, in the first month of the year,...
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As onLiving Buddhase of the primary characteristics of Tibetan religion, the reincarnation system for the Living Buddhas is based on the theory of the reincarnation of the soul, and was produced to solve the problem of the succession of religious leaders. It is founded by the Gelug Sect (the Yellow Sect) of Tibetan Buddhism. The...
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Tibetan music instrument One drum and one cymbal were used as accompaniments in traditional Tibetan opera performance, which determines the crucial role of their players and the beats of drum and cymbal. Like other local dramas, Tibetan drama contains a large quantity of patterned dancing acts and performers must be in harmony with the beats...
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The opera, called “ache lhamo” in Tibetan, plays an important part in the social life of Tibetan people. It is a unique form in China’s various theatrical arts. “ache” means elder sister or a female, and “lhamo” means a fairy. Tibetan opera is an all-round performing art that tells the story by the form of...
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Chumok is the food similar to Jiaozi (the Chinese dumpling), which is the favorite food in China, especially northern China. Method of making: put some chopped meat on a piece of flat round dough strip and roll up it, put the ends together, just as how Chinese people make Jiaozi. Tu-pa is the food for...
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“You will not be punished for your anger; you will be punished by your anger”—Quoted by Buddh It was more than 2500 years ago, Buddha was born as prince of King Suddhodana leader of Shakya clan in Kapilavastu kingdom which is current Lumbini in south of Nepal. And his birth was widely celebrated within the...
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The rise of Buddhism in Tibet is very contradictory, but many sources say that the first official introduction of Buddhist scriptures into Tibet occurred during the reign of the 28th King of the Yarlung Kingdom (about 500 AD). This book was not translated into Tibetan until the reign of King Songtsen Gambo (b. 617), the...
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A folktale of “Dipper Brothers” is well known among the Tibetans: In the ancient time, one day seven brothers from the east cut trees, carried stones and built a giant building overnight to house the common people and to shelter them from the storm. Henceforth, the brothers were invited to the heaven Tibetan Housesto build...
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Holy lakes Tibet is a natural heaven on earth because of the presence of innumerable lakes and vales all around its perimeter that give its landscape a diverse, serene and artistic feel. Some of these lakes are smooth and calm like glass, surrounded with peaceful and lush green canopies; while some have gushing white waters...
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Following are some simple and very useful Tibetan greeting words. when you traveling in tibet, these word can help you a lot in many situations. especially if you travel remote and far away place from town and cities Please install Microsoft Himalayas font for viewing Tibetan Translation. Hello: tashi deleg བཀྲ་ཤིས་བདེ་ལེགས། How are you? :...
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Throughout the centuries, Tibetan calligraphy improve a lot. It have been using different types of writing styles. Two of those styles, U-chen and U-me are the most commonly used. U-chen style is also called the “cristated script”. This is because when each letter is drawn, a horizontal stroke is used on the top and it...
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