The Potala Palace is one of Tibet's most famed symbols and, moreover, to Tibetans is a symbol of their land, their religion, and their religious leader, the Dalai Lama.
It was heavily shelled in the Chinese retaliation to the Lhasa uprising in 1959. It has since been renovated and now charges a hefty 100 yuan for entry to one of Lhasa's holiest places. Security is tight, surveillance cameras monitor throughout, as they do throughout Lhasa.
steaming ahead June 30th 2006 A rather momentous event will happen tomorrow, July 1: China will officially open its railway to Tibet. It is a hugely contested issue and stands to benefit the Chinese more than Tibetans in many respects.
Most of the articles coming out of China laud the railway as a progressive step towards modernizing Tibet and building up its economy. However, given China's track record in economic deve ... read more