The Markam Salt Pans (c) 2017

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”


Jokhang (c) 2017 the Jowo Rinpoche statue in the Jokhang

The Jokhang is a a Tibetan Buddhist temple, or the Tibetan Buddhist temple, as it is considered the paramount institution in Tibetan Buddhism. Locating at the center of the city of Lhasa, it is significant not only for its religious value yet also for its peerless significance in Tibetan politics, civil life, and architectural history. The monastery is believed to be built since the seventh century under the regime of Songtsen Gampo, who is believed to had filled a lake in order to build the monastery. Continue reading “Jokhang”

Norbulingka (c) 2017

The Dalai Lama lives in the Potala during winter, and the summer palace is Norbulingka, a royal garden two kilometers west of the Potala in Lhasa. Norbulingka is a park-like complex serve as the Dalai Lama’s residence and office. Norbulingka in Tibetan mean the garden of treasures, and it is indeed a treasured garden with over one hundred plants including rare species from the northern and southern Himalayas, and over 30,000 cultural relics of ancient Tibetan history are preserved here. Continue reading “Norbulingka”

The Potala Palace

    Back in middle school, one of my teacher said that if someone sells the Potala Palace (to whom?), that person would have enough money to feed everyone in China for half a year. Some years later when I stood at the foot of the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet, I did not bother taking pictures, because some places are at their best in pictures and some just can’t be contained by any two-dimensional surface, one being the Potala.

The Potala was a royal palace originally built under the order of Songtsen Gampo Continue reading “The Potala Palace”