Undoubtedly, the charming Dalai Lama in red robes and board smiles brought Tibet to the world’s living rooms. It is the most secluded region in the world: no country has dared to claim it as its own nor cared to declare its independence, until China’s invasion in 1950. Spiritually, this would be the equivalent of Italy invading Vatican City.
Travel to Tibet was banned until the 1980’s, this “Roof of the World” reaches as high as 22,960 feet into the sky, with 5 mountains peaking over 22,000 feet. Buddhism is not a religion here but a way of life, where humans and nature constantly seek the balance of coexistence. Safeguarding the world’s third largest water source, almost half of the world population reply on water sources flowing down from Tibet’s glaciers, rivers, forests, lakes, and wetlands.
Tourists come to Tibet mostly for natural expeditions and spiritual awakenings, but they take back memories of drinking salted butter tea or Tibetan chang (an alcoholic drink made of rice, barley or millet) and dancing around the fire under the purest of heavens.
If you are lucky enough to travel there, pack lots of sunscreen because solar radiation is very strong. Warmest summer temperature is 29 degrees C and coldest winter temperature is -16 degrees C. May, June and September are peak months and December, January and February are on cold alert.
Here are recent snapshots of Tibet by our very talented photographer Ky Du who currently resides in Viet Nam and travels Asia.
“where humans and nature constantly seek the balance of coexistence.”