Panchen Lama visits Jokhang Temple

Panchen Lama visits Jokhang Temple

The 11th Panchen Lama on Tuesday visited Jokhang Temple, the most renowned monastery in Lhasa, capital of southwest China’s Tibet autonomous region. The 11th Panchen Lama Bainqen Erdini Qoigyijabu arrived around 6 a.m., greeted by lamas dressed in crimson robes and holding Tibetan prayer flags, or hada, a long, scarf-like white silk used by the […]

Tibet’s foreign trade surges in the first half of 2012

Tibet’s foreign trade surges in the first half of 2012

Southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region reported 1.02 billion U.S. dollars in foreign trade in the first half of this year, up 170.3 percent from the same period last year, customs authorities in Lhasa said Monday. The growth rate was 162 percentage points higher than the national average, Lhasa’s customs office said in a press release. […]

China’s Tibetologists talk with German lawmakers

German lawmakers and visiting Chinese Tibetologists on Tuesday exchanged ideas on Tibet’s education and population policies, and the protection of cultural heritage in the autonomous region. Jigme Wangcog, Secretary-General of the Foreign Cultural Exchange Association of the Tibet Autonomous Region, said the closed-door meeting was conducted “in a frank and open manner.” Wangcog, who heads […]

China restores monastery murals in Jokhang Temple

China restores monastery murals in Jokhang Temple

Murals in the Jokhang Temple (大昭寺) in the Tibet autonomous region’s capital of Lhasa are currently undergoing the most extensive restoration in their 1,300-year existence, according to local cultural relic officials. The restoration project, funded by an investment of 10 million yuan (about 1.6 million U.S. dollars), was launched in early June and is expected […]

Communist Party Committee of Tibet to recruit more Party members from farmers and herdsmen

Communist Party Committee of Tibet to recruit more Party members from farmers and herdsmen

In order to strengthen the Party’s governance capability, maintain the purity of the Communist Party, the Communist Party Committee of Tibet autonomous region to recruit more party members from farmers and herdsmen, said a senior officer in charge of Tibet’s Party organization works. The working conference on party members recruiting was held yesterday in Lhasa, […]

China closes Tibet to foreign tourists

China closes Tibet to foreign tourists

Chinese authorities closed Tibet to foreign visitors, announced travel agencies on Wednesday, June 6, ten days after the self-immolation of two Tibetans in Lhasa. This happened just after the Saga Dawa festival begun, which celebrates the birth of Buddha in the Tibetan calendar. Traditionally there will be an influx of tourists to the Himalayan region. […]

Lhasa will publish PM2.5 data by the end of the year

Lhasa will publish PM2.5 data by the end of the year

According to the deputy director and spokesman for the Environmental Protection Department of Tibet Autonomous Region, the ongoing installation of monitoring equipment in Lhasa City will complete the year, the PM2.5 monitoring data of Lhasa will be published by the end of the year, the other administrative cities in Tibet will release PM2.5 data next […]

For the first time Tibetans immolate themselves in Lhasa

For the first time Tibetans immolate themselves in Lhasa

A Tibetan died and another was seriously injured while trying to set themselves on fire in Lhasa on Sunday. The two men turned into human torches in the heart of this historic city of the Tibetan plateau. Lhasa is the current capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region located in the southwest of China. The city, […]

China expresses objection to Austrian Chancellor-Dalai meeting

China expresses objection to Austrian Chancellor-Dalai meeting

China on Saturday objected strongly to a meeting between the Dalai Lama and Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann and Vice-Chancellor and Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger. Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said the meeting, regardless of China’s repeated representations, was a severe interference with China’s internal affairs, hurt the feelings of Chinese people and sent false signals […]

China lodges representation over David Cameron-Dalai meeting

China lodges representation over David Cameron-Dalai meeting

China on Tuesday voiced strong indignation and stern objection to British Prime Minister David Cameron’s meeting with the Dalai Lama, and lodged representation to Britain. Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said the meeting has grossly interfered in China’s internal affairs, hurt the feelings of Chinese people and sent false signals to the “Tibet independence” forces. […]