Travelling to Tibet is certainly one of the most fascinating experiences on earth.
In recent years,Tibetans have become more and more active in the tourism sector; many of them have opened hotels in order to benefit from the current boom in this field.
Many Western specialists and even Chinese intellectuals praise the Tibetan society for its tradition of granting equal rights to women. However, the reality on the ground is generally quite different.
Even though development was initially driven mainly by Han and Hui Chinese, Tibetans are more and more active in setting up businesses.
The Tibetan monasteries play an important role not only in economic development, but also in education. The complementarity between the public and monastic schools is certainly a major asset.
Even though Tibetan keyboards are available on most (but not all) systems, the problem of computer literacy in Tibetan is far from being solved.
The various regions inhabited by Tibetans have each a different history, but they all share two common points: high altitude and Tibetan Buddhism.
This map shows the topology, rivers, political structure and infrastructure of the Tibetan areas in China.
In many other Asian countries than in China, there are areas which are traditionally inhabited by ethnic Tibetans.