Unconquerable snow mountains; mirror-clear lakes; circulating Buddhist mantras, and a soul facing lifestyle. From the past to the future, Tibet has been and will remain a land of mysteries. Today in Tibet, the busy streets of Barkhor and the magnificent palace of Potala seem like an echo from a distant shadow. Songtsen Gampo united dozens of tribes and built the Tibetan empire in the 7th century, while Buddhism came into Tibet, alone with the Tibetan writing system which is adopted from Sanskrit, and henceforth the Tibetan bibliographical history began. Yet for the centuries before Buddhism, Tibet’s civilization seemed lost, and the key to unlock the black hole of time lies in the vast land of Ngari. Continue reading “Zhangzhung”
Most Tibetans don’t eat fish, thus most rivers in Tibet are full of fish, except for one, as fishes were blocked from entering the river a hundreds of years ago to prevent the waterwheels from killing the fishes. Continue reading “Incense”
Being closely bonded to nomad cultures like the Mongolians and Tanguts for centuries, Tibetans like riding and racing horses, especially herders from Qinghai and Sichuan. Every year there are many horse racing festivals at different times scattered around the Tibetan areas, and they each are from distinctive Continue reading “Horce Racing Festivals”
Epic of King Gesar is an epic cycle from the 12th century about how a mythical character from heaven-King Gesar, comes to the realm of human, and eliminates demons and spreads Buddhism and Tibetan culture. The epic is well known in Tibet, Bhutan, Mongolia, and China, Continue reading “Epic of King Gesar”
If there is anything that Tibetan love more than Buddhism, that has to be dancing. Throughout Tibet, hundreds of different dance forms can be found and a lot of them are old and preserved very well.
Gang Rinpoche means treasure in the snow in Tibetan, and the mountain is also known as Kailash or Kailas. Gang Rinpoche is 6,638 meters or 21,778 feet high and is the second tallest and the main peak of the Gangdise range in the Ngari area. Continue reading “Gang Rinpoche”
By the Lancang river at the southeastern Tibet, there are one of the oldest and most primal salt pans in the world- the Markam salt pans. The salt pans of Markam use to be the one of the most important sources of table salt to provide the Tibetan area, and it is a remarkable site of tradings on the tea-horse road. Continue reading “The Markam Salt Pans”