Religious freedom is a misnomer for what is actually permitted in Tibet. While scenes of devout pilgrims prostrating full length in front of holy buildings are common enough, the centuries-old in depth study and practise of Buddhism has been greatly restricted by the C authorities.
Tourists will see a facade but will not be exposed to the many regulations and restrictions which prevent true religious study and worship in Tibet.
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