Soinam Gyaco, 19, is the son of a farmer's family nearby the monastery. Driven by his Buddhist faith, he chose the life of a monk in Gonggar Qoide Monastery after finishing high school.
In the past, they wandered the vast grasslands, grazing sheep and yaks. They lived a nomadic life and found shelter under simple tents to resist wind and storm. However, with social and economic progress, these vagrants began to settle down.
v Sound of Lhasa - The only literate minstrel of the Epic of Gesar
The Tibet Autonomous Region in Southwest China is rich in its diversified ethnic culture. One inseparable cog on the wheel of Tibetan culture is the oral epic "Gesar" or "King of Gesar", which is haled as the "Homer of the East."
v Sound of Lhasa
If you think about traveling to a place of mystery, adventure and natural beauty, perhaps the perfect choice is Tibet. The mountains, the religious environment and the Tibetan people - all of these make for a wonderful trip.
v World Heritage: Ox Horn Instrument on Snow-covered Plateau
The musician's name is Kalsang Tenpa. Influenced by his father, he has been learning Niujiaoqin, a two-stringed bowed instrument made of ox horn, for nearly a decade.
v Langmusi: A Town Mixed with Sound and Tranquility
When many tourists are still rushing to well-known towns and villages such as Lijiang and Jiuzhaigou Valley, some foreign tour pals have walked across the Zoige wetland and arrived at a small town called Langmusi the junction of Gansu and Sichuan provinces.
v A Slice of Freedom and Happiness Along the Road in Rebgong
Traveling the road is a way of life. Nowadays, in China, a lot of people aren't content to experience a new place by cursory tour. More and more people are taking the road less traveled, seeking a sense of freedom in the uninhibited, open journey.
The Tibetan Ethnic Minority

The Tibetans with a population of 4.59 million mostly live in the Tibet Autonomous Region. There are also Tibetan communities in Qinghai, Gansu, Sichuan and Yunnan provinces.


Animal husbandry is the main occupation in Tibet where there are vast expanses of grasslands and rich sources of water. The Tibetan sheep, goat, yak and pien cattle are native to the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau.


As a rule, a Tibetan goes only by his given name and not family name, and the name generally tells the sex. As the names are mostly taken from the Buddhist scripture, namesakes are common.


All Tibetans, men and women, like to wear ornaments. People in the farming areas live in stone houses while those in pastoral areas camp in tents.


In the monasteries, the main hall also serves as the prayer hall, with dagobas of different sizes built in front of the main entrance for burning pine and cypress twigs.

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