away in its Himalayan fortress, Tibet has long exercised a unique
hold on the imagination of the West: 'Shangri-La', 'the Land of Snows',
'the Rooftop of the World', Tibet is mysterious in a way that few
other places are. Tibet's strategic importance, straddling the Himalaya
between China and the Indian subcontinent, made it irresistible to
China who invaded in 1950. But Tibetans have never had it easy. Theirs
is a harsh environment and human habitation has always been a precarious
proposition. Even so, the deliberate cultural strangling inflicted
by the Chinese occupiers since 1950 rates as the worst misfortune
the inhabitants of the 'Land of Snows' have been forced to endure.
virtual closure after the Chinese annexation of the Buddhist kingdom,
Tibet was opened to foreign tourism in 1984. Closed to all but tour
groups in 1987 after an uprising by Tibetans in Lhasa, and reopened
in 1992, travel in Tibet comes with some ludicrous permit requirements.
The present Chinese policy on individual tourism in Tibet basically
seems to be one of extorting as much cash as possible from foreigners,
but not so much as to scare them off completely.
【 Major scenic Spots in Tibet】
| Mt Everest
Potala Palace | Norbu
Lingka Park | Tsetang
(Zetang) | Nyingchi
Related Tour Routes 】