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  • HOT Things to Know Before Your First Trip to Tibet

    Things to Know Before Your First Trip to Tibet

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    Many people choose Tibet as a tour destination to experience the unique plateau landscape. So, we summarized the brief tour guide of Tibet. 1. Where to live? When you first arrive in Tibet, you will arrive in Lhasa City, and the city has plenty of hotels which are close to the attractions. You may also choose smaller inns with similar rooms to hotels (like single room, queen room or family room). Besides, some inns have traveler corners for you to find travel friends or communicate about tour experiences. 2. Where to go? A day tour in Lhasa, visit the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street. Nyingchi Area has lower altitude than Lhasa. A 2 or 3 days' tour will let you visit the "water-town" of Tibet. Shigatse, has higher altitude and the world-famous Mount Everest, a

    207 2018-05-31

  • HOT Saka dawa Festival

    Saka dawa Festival

    Saka dawa Festival also known as the Buddha's auspicious day hold on the 15th day of the 4th Tibetan month. It is a traditional festival of Tibetan Buddhism. For Buddhist believers, it is an extraordinary and sacred day, because the day is associated with the three important affairs in the life of Sakyamuni: Birth, enlightenment, and nirvana. Therefore, various activities are commemorated for this month. Nowadays, the most important activity is Kora. The so-called Kora is a form of pilgrimage in Tibetan Buddhism that walks and prays along the circular route in order to wash away all their sins. For devoted believers, they will walk three steps, then kneel down and prostrate, and then repeat the sequence until they finish walking around the holy mountain. In Lhasa, there are three route

    245 2018-05-21

  • HOT Tibetan New Year

    Tibetan New Year

    Origin Tibetan New Year, also called Losar, is the most important festival for Tibetans. In old ages, it was celebrated in the harvest of barley. When Wen Cheng Princess marry into Tibet in 641AD, the culture of central China was brought in Tibet, including the calendar. Since then, Tibetans celebrate the festival following the manner of central China, till today.​ Dress up & Cleaning When the time goes to the last month of Tibetan calendar, all Tibetan families will start the preparation for the coming New year. Several days before the new year, every male resident must have a hair shave, while every female must wash and tie their braid. People will also clean their houses from the ground to chimney, from inside to outside. Moreover, the road, field path, or even the drawers must be c

    235 2018-05-18

  • HOT Sho Dun Festival

    Sho Dun Festival

    Sho Dun Festival is a traditional religious festival in Tibet, China. Sho Dun means "eating yoghourt" in Tibetan, so it is also called Yoghourt Festival. Because of the ceremonious Tibetan Opera performance and the magnificent Thangka Buddha displaying, some people also call it Tibetan Opera Festival or Buddha Displaying Festival. Origin The Sho Dun Festival is celebrated Since the first day of the seventh month of Tibetan calendar and will last for about 8 days. Before the 17th century, Sho Dun Festival is a totally religious festival. Buddhist has over 300 disciplines, among the most serious taboo is killing lives. During summer, the temperature becomes warmer, and the insects will emerge. To avoid killing small insects and break the discipline, monks and lamas have to stay in

    220 2018-05-17

  • HOT Tibet Unlocks the Full-time Tourism Pattern

    Tibet Unlocks the Full-time Tourism Pattern

    In the past, everyone said that tourism in Tibet was "Overheat in summer but deserted in winter". However, this situation has changed this year. Winter tourism preferential policies have boosted Tibet's full-time tourism pattern. Travelers to Tibet in the first four months of 2018 has been significantly higher than in 2017. Basom Lake is a famous tourist area in Nyingchi, Tibet. Many local Tibetan is managing small shops selling tourist goods here. In the past, how famous is the scenic spot is, it will become deserted in the winter, and Basom Lake was no exception. This year, there are some differences here. A shop owner said that her shop was not closed for the first time in winter: "There was no business in winter before, but this year is not the same. Our monthly reve

    209 2018-05-15

  • HOT Sheep Releasing – Religiosity and Benevolence of Tibetan

    Sheep Releasing – Religiosity and Benevolence of Tibetan

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    The Tibetans adore the white color, the snow-capped mountains, the Tsampa, the Hada, the white pagodas... all have been given the cultural connotations of sincere, kindness, brightness, and sacred. In the snow-covered Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, the sheep is the most ancient animals accompanied with the Tibetans' ancestors. They are white, gentle and are regarded as symbols of the deities. Affected by the Buddhist concept, people believe that releasing captive animal can take away disease and misfortune, so as to accumulate virtue and pray for good fortune. Near the monasteries in Tibet, it is often possible to see two or three individual sheep with red cloth tied on their necks but with no owner. In fact, these sheep have their own masters before. Their masters are all faithful believers i

    295 2018-05-10

  • HOT Experience a Diverse Tibet through North-Lhasa Tourism Circle

    Experience a Diverse Tibet through North-Lhasa Tourism Circle

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    The reporter learned from the Lhasa City Tourism Promotion Conference that the North-Lhasa Tourism Circle will soon be available for travelers. This is a golden landscape itinerary around Lhasa includes all districts and counties of Lhasa. According to the briefing, this route will go through a series of natural landscapes and historical sites such as the Zhayeba Monastery, Yangbajing Geothermal Landscape Area, the Zhigong Monastery with one of the three largest celestial burial platforms in the world, and the Black-necked Crane Nature Reserve in Linzhou County. The Zhayeba Monastery has a history of over 1,500 years and is one of the spiritual temples built by Sontzen Gampo for his wife. Later it was expanded to build the Zhayeba Monastery located on the cliff; the Yangbajing Geothermal L

    253 2018-05-07

  • HOT Folk-customs of Sanyuesan Festival

    Folk-customs of Sanyuesan Festival

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    Sanyuesan Festival (the 3rd day of the 3rd month of Lunar Calendar) is a traditional festival for many ethnic minorities in China. The ancient name is Shangsi Festival to commemorate the Yellow Emperor, a legendary ruler. According to legend, this day is the birthday of the Yellow Emperor. After the Wei and Jin Dynasties (220-420AD), Sanyuesan becomes the festival for Han nationality to have a waterside banquet and a spring outskirts tour. The third day of the third month of the lunar calendar is also the birthday of the Taoist god Zhenwu Emperor. Sanyuesan is also a traditional festival for the people of Zhuang nationality. The Zhuang people call the festival "Wobupo" or "Wopo", which originally meant to go outside to the field and sing songs. Therefore, it is also cal

    335 2018-04-25

  • HOT Tibet Major Festivals

    Tibet Major Festivals

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    The Tibet Autonomous Region is located in the southwestern part of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. It is not only a vast area with spectacular landforms and abundant resources, but also because it is one of the five ethnic minority autonomous regions of China. Tibetan autonomous institutions also include Tibetan tradition festivals such as the Tibetan New Year and the Sho Dun Festival are included in the holiday of the autonomous region. When is the corresponding time for major festivals in Tibet? What are the exciting moments worth a visit?1. Tibetan New Year Date: The 1st to 15th day of the first Tibetan month (around Jan. to Feb.) The Tibetan New Year is a traditional festival for Tibetan people. The significance and form of the festival are similar to the Chinese Lunar New Year. During the

    741 2018-04-20

  • HOT Beijing Hutong Culture

    Beijing Hutong Culture

    Hutong, is an ancient city alley unique to Beijing. Beijing hutongs are not only for transportation, they are also the living place for old Beijing people and the important stages of Beijing history. Constructed by grey bricks and grey tiles, it seems that all the hutongs are the same. But if you can take some time walking into the hutongs and chatting with some residents, you will find every single line of hutong has its own story to tell and things to be discussed. The interesting stories and ancient legends contain strong cultural atmosphere, make hutongs a museum of folk customs. Walk inside, there are all historical sites in your sight, just like an encyclopedia of Beijing. From the hutongs, you can understand the life of Beijing resident, including their daily life, interests and rel

    252 2018-04-20

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