China is a unified multi-ethnic country. As a lovely member of the big family, Tibetan has always been in close contact with other ethnic groups. Through thousands of years of mutual absorption and promotion, Tibetan have developed their own splendid culture like a shining peal in the world.
Tibetan people are the main ethnic group living on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. Under the profound influence of ancient Bon Religion and Tibetan Buddhism, unique folk customs and aesthetic taste took shape. Tourists can see the panorama of Tibetan culture through Tibetan history, arts, medicine, festivals, handicrafts, architecture, foods and drinks, etc.
Tibetan Local Customs
As we all know, different peoples have different local customs and habits. There is no exception for Tibetans. They have created various forms of entertainment to amuse themselves, like horse racing, archery, singing and dancing, etc. However, there are some traditional recreations still unknown to outsiders. Please see more below.
Another big draw for tourists to travel Tibet is its distinctive festivals. According to Tibetan calendar, Tibetan festivals, large and small, long and short, fall on every month, aiming to worship Gods, commemorate Buddhist masters, pray for good harvest, entertain themselves and so on. Based on festive content and all sorts of celebrations, Tibetan festivals can be roughly divided into two groups, traditional festivals and religious festivals.
And Tibetan Buddhist Festivals account for a significant portion, varying from sect to sect. Take Gelugpa (the Yellow Hats) for example. Great Prayer Festival and Tsongkhapa Butter Lamp Festival are always the first things on their mind. Other schools of Tibetan Buddhism like Nyingmapa (the Red Hats), Kagyupa (the White Hats) also have their own dharma assembly and ceremony. Meanwhile, some monasteries also hold their unique celebrations, like Drigung Cham Dance Festival, Tashilhunpo Monastery Festival, Ganden Thangka Unveiling Festival, etc.
While traveling in Tibet, you’ll find that art shines everywhere: golden monasteries on hills, stone and rock carvings in deserts and cliffs, fluttering prager flags around lakes and passes, anciet kingdom on the mountaintop, colorful frescos and thangkas inside the temples, singing and dancing over the grassland. In a word, where there is a Tibetan, there is Tibetan art.
Developing from thousands of years of production and living on the highland, Tibetan traditional handicrafts have fully embodied ethnic wisdom and artistic taste. Once laying a finger on those delicate works, you’ll be immediately allured by its unique style and special design. Just wandering around Barkhor street, tourist will find out the best Tibetan gifts for their family and friends.
Tibetan People and its History, Religion, Language, Medicine & Architecutre
In the mid-seventh century, the great Tubo King Songthen Gampo married Nepalese Princess Bhrikuti and Tang Princess Wencheng, and then Buddhism was introduced to Tibet from India, Nepal and Central China. During this period, Tibetan architecture, opera, language, literature and medicine also got fully developed.
Most Recommended Tibet Small Group Tour Packages
14 Days Lhasa Impression Small Group Tour: Explore the Heart of Tibet and Mingle with the Locals
This classic Lhasa city group tour is the best choice for tourists who have limited time or visit Tibet for the first time. After visiting the must-sees in Lhasa, you will have a comprehensive impression of Tibetan culture and pave the way for your revisit in the near future.
1 ,2 ,3 ,118 Days Lhasa to Everest Base Camp Small Group Tour: Marvel at Mt.Everest Real Close from 4 Different Viewing Platforms
Tour Route:Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - Everest Base Camp - Lhasa
Almost all the itineraries covering Everest Base Camp originate from this classic itinerary. The travel route to EBC involves all the awe-inspiring attractions, religious sites and magnificent natural wonder.
1 ,2 ,3 ,147 Days Lhasa to Kathmandu Overland Small Group Tour: Traverse from the North Side to the South Side of Mt.Everest for the Best of the Himalayas
Tour Route: Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - Everest Base Camp - Kathmandu
This tour combines the classic itinerary of visiting Tibetan cultural and natural beauty with a stopover in EBC. Tourists will finally end up in Kathmandu via Gyirong.
1 ,8 ,11 ,1215 Days Kailash and Manasarova Small Group Tour: A pilgrim’s final fantasy and the greatest overland trip in Tibet.
Tour Route:Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - E.B.C - Lake Manasarova - Kailash Trek - Saga - Shigatse - Lhasa
This is truly a journey to feel, magnificent temples, mountain passes, snow-capped peaks, nomad camps, pilgrims of Tibet. Start the trip from exploring the heart of central Tibet.