Geography of Tibet

Tastemaker: Michael Yamashita, photographer

Michael Yamashita enjoys the irony in a makeshift warning sign outside Derge Parkhang, an institution (in the town of Derge) dedicated to preserving Tibetan texts.Photo: Michael Yamashita

It takes a lot of work to capture a good photo.

Sunday, 14 October, 2012, 12:54pm

Stay loyal, troops in Tibet told

A senior military officer has called on People's Liberation Army troops stationed in Tibet to 'stay absolutely loyal and reliable' to the central leadership.

17 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Beijing's education pledge to Tibet

The central government is planning to raise university enrolment among students in Tibet to 30 per cent over the next five years, local officials said yesterday, as the region marked the 60th anniversary of its 'peaceful liberation' with a series of celebrations presided over by Vice-President Xi Jinping.

19 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

The big squeeze

What is China up to beyond the highest Himalayas? Reports from a variety of sources, including official Chinese websites, say that Beijing is embarking on a series of dams and attempts to harness the waters of the Brahmaputra River (called the Yarlung Zangbo on the Tibetan plateau where it has its origins).

3 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Graham Earnshaw

PAPER BOY I began as a junior reporter at the South China Morning Post. I started learning Cantonese from the first day. I was fascinated by Chinese writing and used my reading ability to compete with the local reporters. I was born in England. My parents emigrated to Australia when I was 12.

16 May 2010 - 12:00am

China to dam world's highest river

Beijing has admitted to New Delhi that the mainland is building a dam on the Yarlung Zangbo River near its disputed border with India.

24 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Boutique industries find footing on roof of the world

Tibet's industrial base is very small. It aims to develop 'boutique' products, brands that make use of the region's special climate and geography.

13 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Further delay for Tangula trains

Tangula Luxury Trains, the operator of the mainland's first luxury trains, has delayed the launch of its Tibet and Yunnan routes for a third time, possibly until next year.

Tangula cited 'the global economic climate' as the reason for the delay, but a report last year mentioned unrest in Tibet as one cause of an earlier postponement.

4 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Himalayan airport to be highest yet

The world's highest airport will be built in Tibet next year as part of Beijing's new investment in the restive Himalayan region.

13 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Beijing vows more Tibet investment

President Hu Jintao chaired a Politburo meeting yesterday to map out a plan for 'long-running stability' in Tibet .

Economic development would remain a key part of the strategy, state media reported, even though two years ago a similar approach failed to prevent deadly unrest.

9 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

True minorities

Beijing last month issued a white paper on ethnic policy. The timing was interesting, coming after the riots in Tibet last year and the recent violence in Urumqi . However, the paper gives no indication that the government thinks there is anything wrong with its ethnic policy.

28 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Excited viewers filled with pride after tuning in

Gong Zuomin, a 73-year-old retired engineer from Shenzhen, was so excited about yesterday's celebrations that he woke up at 6am, an hour and a half earlier than usual.

2 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Wanted: ways to lure more tourists to visit Tibet

If you have ever been a tourist in Lhasa, Tibet , there are things that may make you nervous, such as a suspicious-looking Tibet Entry Permit and plain-clothes police in a Buddhist temple.

7 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

India told it can open consulate in Lhasa

Beijing has indicated its willingness to allow the reopening of an Indian consulate in Lhasa, Tibet, since it was shut down after a war between the two countries in 1962.

30 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

SUV boss geared up for Sichuan rescue

When the international media arrived in Chengdu, Sichuan, after the earthquake last year, one of the first things they looked for was off-road vehicles to take them into the quake zone. They found Lao Chuan (meaning 'old Sichuan'), who is co-owner of the Chuan Shan Jia 4x4 Sports Club. It caters to people looking to take adventurous trips into Yunnan, Tibet and Qinghai.

26 Jul 2009 - 12:00am