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Published by the Canada Tibet Committee

Monday, January 12, 2004



7. Lhasa Fair (HS)


The Herald Sun - Melbourne
9 Jan 2004

It is easier to convey the magic of Lhasa in pictures rather than words,
writes Donna Coutts. Pictures Juliet Coombe

A CITY as extraordinary as Lhasa in a region as remote and politically
sensitive as Tibet is a photographer's dream.

In this capital city of 200,000, perched 3700m above sea level, the oranges
and browns of Buddhist robes are the base colours of a rainbow-coloured
palette. Buildings scarred by centuries of wear and tear provide texture.

Lhasa is the home of the Dalai Lamas, the Tibetan spiritual leaders; though
the current Dalai Lama, the recipient of the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize, is in
exile and spends much of his time travelling the world teaching Buddhist
practices and championing the cause of Tibet, invaded by China between 1950
and 1970.

Tibet's situation has created worldwide political and human rights debate.

China sees its occupation of Tibet as a liberation from poverty and
isolation. Roads, factories, schools, hospitals and an airport now exist and
tourists are trickling in.

The Tibetans want independence and cannot forgive damage to the symbols of
their culture and religion: many significant sites have been destroyed. And,
mass migration of Han Chinese means the Tibetans may soon become a minority
in their own land.

Tourism is tightly controlled by the Chinese government. Regulations change
without warning or explanation, but for some time all foreigners must be
part of a minimum three-day tour in a group of five Or more. Trekking is not
officially approved. Travellers may also need a Tibetan Tourist Bureau
permit and a return ticket to Kathmandu, Chengdu or Golmud.

In reality, it's possible to disband your tour group once you reach Lhasa,
though you may need another travel permit to move about in non-urban Tibet.


Articles in this Issue:
  1. His Holiness the Dalai Lama Conducts Sacred Rituals and Teachings for World Peace in Toronto, Canada this Spring
  2. Tibet photo exhibition opens in UK Parliament
  3. Tibetans and supporters welcome BP's diverstment from PetroChina
  4. Our China Chimera
  5. Hopelessly Hopeful (TR)
  6. Timeless Tibet (HS)
  7. Lhasa Fair (HS)



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