Tibet Favorite Tips by tompt
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Favorite thing: The Tibetan National Flag is outlawed in the TAR (Tibetan Autonomous Region). The flag in the picture was not flying over Tibet but on the Dam in Amsterdam during a demonstration for a free Tibet.
The 13th Dalai Lama (1875-1933) designed the flag based on the formats of previous Tibetan military flags.
In the centre stands a snow capped mountain, which represents Tibet. Across the dark blue sky six red bands represent the original six tribes of Tibet. The sun with its rays represents the enjoyment of freedom, spiritual and material happiness and prosperity by all beings in the land of Tibet.
A pair of snow lions represent the country's victorious accomplishment of a unified spiritual and secular life.
The three coloured jewel the Three Supreme Jewels (Buddha, Dharma and Sangha).
Favorite thing: The people of Tibet are very curious. Whenever our bus stopped they came out of nowhere and started looking into the bus, what is in there? Who are those strange looking people?
No matter where we stopped, even if there was no house or nomad tent in sight, within minutes there were Tibetans around.
Favorite thing: The people of Tibet look like people of the Andes region in south america. Is it because of the altitude? We don't know. Probably the clothes give that impression too.
Tibetans do look very different from the Han chinese (90% of the chinese population is Han). One of the striking differences are the red cheeks, like they are blushing constantly, you see a lot around.
More pictures of Tibetan people in the travelogues.
Favorite thing: In this picture you see a clear example of how work is equally divided between man and woman. While the husband is standing on the roof of his truck, giving instructions, the woman is carrying the things to him on her back. In this case it is the matras, but there will be much, much more, untill the entire campingequipment is in or on the truck.
Favorite thing: This family is traveling to a religious festival near the Zhigung Monastery. They packed everything on the small tractor, the only means of transportation they have. They packed their tents, their cooking pots, the Yak dung to cook on, the food, and all the family members. Believe it or not but after this short stop to eat something they all get on the tractor and travel on.......
Yak dung drying in the sun.
Favorite thing: The yak is one of the most important domesticated animals in Tibet. You encounter the Yak on the grassy plains where they are grazing. The nomads lead the herds to places where the grass is best in summer. The Yak is everything to the nomads it provides transportation, meat and milk. The long dark hair is used to make the traditional tents of the nomads and even its dried dung is used as fuel.
Favorite thing: Tibetans are really strong people. They can carry a heavy load even up the mountains.
For us it was hard to climb the stairs to the restaurant located at the second floor......
The butter tea with a beer to be sure.....
Favorite thing: One of the most famous drinks of tibet is the Yak butter tea. It is a dark smokey tea, with a large lumb of Yak butter in it. It tastes salty, like clear soup. It is supposed to warm you and the fat is nourishing.
In case you are not sure weather you like this you can always order a beer, like this Lhasa beer, to wash it away...
Favorite thing: As said before not many tibetans have privat bathrooms or toilets. The public toilets cost money, so when you got to go.......
Urinating in the streets seems to be very normal. We saw monks walking in front of us, kneeling down, pulling in their robes for a few centimeters and the sound of a small waterfall was filling the air. Ofcourse not everybody is conviently dressed for that manouvre.
Favorite thing: As most Tibetan houses have no privat bathrooms you will see people brushing their teeth on the street in the gutter.
Most houses don't have toilets too, they use the public toilets. Public toilets in Tibet mostly charge you 2 jiao (2 eurocent). Most of them smell terrible but in general they are clean holes in the ground. Most of the time there is no water availlable for flushing.
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