Higher purpose

Our Tibetan guide sits sullenly in the passenger seat, his arms folded and his face set in a look of disgust as we bump over a rutted road into Lhasa, his hometown.

Sunday, 19 December, 2010, 12:00am

Lhasa could showcase preservation over profit

The conferring by the United Nations of world heritage status for historic sites is prized for the prestige and international recognition it brings. But with it comes the responsibility to protect them and strike a balance between development, tourism and preservation.

19 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Beijing's plan to safeguard Lhasa's heritage

Beijing has approved a much anticipated urban development plan for Lhasa that includes protection of heritage sites and a limit on its downtown population.

18 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Monk now says he was wrong to air grievances to media group

He was surrounded by television cameras and camera flashes again yesterday, but this time 27-year-old Luojie said he realised he had been wrong to express his grievances in front of foreign journalists two months ago.

4 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

The same sad story all over again in Tibet

Year after year, Beijing has shepherded foreign journalists to Tibet on officially sanctioned visits in the hope of convincing reporters that economic development has brought ethnic unity.

12 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Stuck at home and in the dark

Power blackout, news vacuum stoke unease in the aftermath of protests

Lhasa residents were yesterday waiting patiently for the crisis to die down as some struggled to cope with life without electricity, few news updates and a dwindling food supply.

16 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Beijing confirms Tibet protest but denies arrest of monks

Beijing confirmed yesterday that Tibetan monks had marched in a protest in Lhasa, but the Tibetan regional government denied a report that the monks had been formally arrested.

12 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

The new freedom train?

The new train service to Lhasa has flooded the Tibetan capital with Han Chinese tourists. They can be found in parts of the city that are predictable for any tourists - and in places much less predictable.

1 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Defiling the last piece of clean Earth

One of the most sacred pilgrimage sites for Tibetans is Jokhang Temple, in central Lhasa, which houses an image of Buddha brought to Tibet by the Tang dynasty princess, Wen Cheng, when she was betrothed to king Songtsan Gampo. Within the temple's heavy red gates is Nyima Tsering, the most senior of Jokhang's 99 monks.

7 Aug 2004 - 12:00am

Outsiders lured by sacred land's natural wonders

Tibet is a dream come true for Yu Qin and Liao Qin.

Unlike the other hundreds of thousands of Han Chinese traders who have come and gone, Mr Yu and Ms Liao are part of a new crop of young, educated Chinese who have fallen in love with the sacred land.

17 Aug 2001 - 12:00am

Tibet Handbook: A Pilgrimage Guide by Victor Chan Moon Publications $300 THERE are some who said this book should never have been written. Sitting in Tashi's grubby cafe in Lhasa's old Barkhor area, the 'old Tibet hands', who had been there on and off since the Chinese authorities had allowed foreigners in the 80s, grumbled about the new Tibet Handbook.

19 Nov 1994 - 12:00am


THE dollar has finally dropped: America can pour ECUs into Mickey's Euro-home, Japan can shoehorn the Bahamas into a bell-jar. In the world race for theme park supremacy, China has finally realised it has the most surreal, bizarre and spectacular of them all - Tibet.

27 Feb 1994 - 12:00am

Monks held for leading Tibet protest

AT least nine Tibetans, including three monks, were arrested by security forces in Lhasa yesterday after a small-scale demonstration outside the Jokhang Temple in the centre of the city.

Otherwise, the capital of Tibet remained quiet, with soldiers and police patrolling the streets to prevent new outbreaks of disorder.

29 May 1993 - 12:00am

Music deep on mountain high

ARTS FESTIVAL: DANCE Tibetan Song and Dance Troupe. Cultural Centre. February 18-21.

22 Feb 1993 - 12:00am