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.
An Encounter with Makye Ame: the yellow landmark of Lhasa that you should never miss for a Tibet trip
Tibetan Marriage Customs, Wedding Ceremony in Tibet
Tibetan Tea Culture at The Roof of The World
Prostration - Tibetan People's Sincerest Gesture of Respect to the Buddhism
Qiema Box - Essential Mascot for Tibetan New Year
Tibetan Funerals & Relevant Taboos
Wooden Bowls Play a Key Role in Tibetan Culture
Don’ts in Tibet: Avoid Doing Forbidden Things when Visit Tibet
Knowing these 9 Things about Tibetan Culture, You'll Travel Tibet like a Local
Weisang, Tibetan Households' Custom
Replacing Valance on Tibetan New Year’s Eve
Sweet Tea, Tibetan People's Coffee
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.
Tibetan Cuisines & Local Snacks
The Most Beloved Food and Beverage in Tibet
Tibetan Momo, A Kind of Exotic Dumpling in Tibet
The Most Significant Tibetan Culture: Sweet Tea House in Lhasa
Tibetan Monk Food: Digging into the Diet of a Tibetan Monk
Tibet Highland Barley: making your taste bud close to plateau
Local Tibetan Food and Tibetan Cuisine
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.
Sand Mandala in Tibet and Its Profound Philosophy
Tibetan murals - Tibet painting art
Tibetan Stone and Rock Carvings
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.
Accessory and Handicraft of Tibet
Here's Why Tibetan Rugs Are Becoming More Popular Around The World
What Are The Most Recommended Souvenirs You Should Buy During A Tibet Tour?
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.
Your Guide to Tibetan People and Cultural Life
Lhoba People in Sountheast of Himalayas
Uncovering the great Himalayan mystery: the Yeti
The Essence of Tibetan Culture Seen through The Attire and Accessories They Adorn
Prostration - Tibetan People's Sincerest Gesture of Respect to the Buddhism
Yaks: The “Treasure” and “Boat” on Tibetan Plateau
Architectural Highlights in Tibet
Guide to Architectural Styles of Tibetan Monasteries
Features of Tibetan Architecture
Tibetan Monastery Architectures
Tibetan houses, the unique scenery in Tibet
Tibetan Stone Houses: One of the Special Architectures in Tibet
Does Tibet Hold the Secret of the Art of Healing?
Mentsikhang, Tibetan Traditional Hospital
Tibetan medicine's birthplace - Namye Vally
Principles of Tibetan Medicine
Tibetan Language & Its Evolution
How to Greet Tibetan People, Tibetan Greetings
Numbers in Tibetan Culture - Lucky and Unlucky Numbers
The Modernization of Tibetan Language
Influential Figures in Tibet History
Powerful Guge Kingdom in Tibetan History
Tubo Kingdom in Tibet’s History
Story of Songtsan Gambo and Princess Wencheng
Debate in Tibetan Buddhism: What Are They Debating and Where to Enjoy the Debating in Tibet
Top 2 Must-Visit Hermitages in Lhoka
Top 5 Niche Buddhist Monasteries Around Lhasa
Top 3 Tibetan Monasteries of Nyingma Sect in Lhoka
Top Five Major Beliefs in Tibetan Buddhism
What on Earth is Vajrayana - Tibetan Buddhism
Tibetan Antelopes: The Holy Unicorn of Tibetan Plateau
Why Tibetan Yaks are Indispensable in Tibet?
The Significance of Yaks for Tibetan People
Vulture, the Sacred Bird of Tibet
The Elevation Change in 7 Major Regions of Tibet
Agriculture and Climate in Tibet
Most Recommended Tibet Small Group Tour Packages
14 Days Lhasa Impression Small Group Tour
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
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
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.
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.