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Greeting from Italy!

 

We had a safe trip back home and, once jet-lag was gone, everything is back to normal.

The travel has been a fantastic, unique experience I will never forget. Thanks for setting everything so well, so precisely, so perfectly! Everything was really great, from the hotels to the guides. So...thank you! The only thing you couldn't really do anything on was the weather.  Maybe next time you can "book" also some sunny weather for us, ok? ^_^

That was my pleasure to meet you in Chengdu. I promise next time I'll come to China I'll be able to read the book you gave me ^_^

 

Here Autumn has come, it's quite cold and i miss pandas very much...

 

Many thanks for your email, hope to hear from you soon.

 

S. S.
Italy

August - September 2017
China Family Holiday (Beijing - Chengdu - Chongqing - Yangtze Three Gorges - Shanghai - Suzhou)

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Tibet Culture & Arts

Tibetan culture developed under the influence of a number of factors. Tibet's specific geographic and climactic conditions - its altitude, short growing season, and cold weather- have encouraged reliance on pastoralsm, as well as the development of a different cuisine from surrounding regions. Contact with neighboring countries and cultures- including India, China, and Mongolia-have influenced the development of Tibetan culture, but the Himalayan region's remoteness and inaccessibility have preserved distinctive local influences. Buddhism has exerted a particularly strong influence on Tibetan culture since its introduction in the 7th Century. Art, literature, and music all contain elements of Buddhist religion, and Buddhism itself has adopted a unique form in Tibet, influenced by the Bon tradition and other local beliefs.

Tibetan Art is the synonym of the art of Tibet and the Himalayan kingdoms which is heavily influenced by Tibetan Buddhism. One might say that Tibetan art is as brightly hued as the five-colored flags that represent blue sky, white clouds, red fire, green grass and yellow earth. Visitors to Tibet are invariably impressed by the local people's power of imagination and boldness of expression in their artistic forms. Religious doctrines have not stifled their creativity. Rather, they have given wings to their imagination. Talent, gifted by Heaven and Earth, shines forth in all their works of art, from architecture to clothing and decorations, from furniture to articles of daily use.

 Tibet Culture & Arts
Tibetan Festivals
Tibetan Festivals

Tibetan festivals have been deeply influenced by Buddhism. They either have strong religious aroma or they are completely religious. Throughout history, under the harsh natural environment and hard working conditions, the people living on the snowy land yearned for a better life through their own efforts, with the God's mercy and with the Buddha's protection. It is the festivals that offer opportunities for them to express their prayer to deities, Buddha and nature, during which they amuse the Gods and themselves as well.

Tibetan Literature
Tibetan Literature

In Tibetan literature, the Epic of King Gesar represents the highest achievement. It is the longest epic in the world, the length even exceeding the total of the five most famous epics in the world, that is, Babylonian Gilgamesh, Greek Odyssey and Iliad, Indian Ramayana and Mahabharata.

Tibetan Medicine
Tibetan Medicine

Tibetan, Chinese and Mongolian medicines are the three indispensable treasures in the Chinese medical system. Tibetan medicine integrates indigenous practices with the elements of other countries. Tibetan medicine has a history of 2000 years. According to the historical record, several centuries ago, during the lengthy course of fighting the nature and disease by Tibetans, some part of fauna and flora and mineral products are found to deliver people from pains. They thought, "poison could be used as an antidote to poison". Then they developed the medicinal knowledge of stanching bleeding by using butter.

Tibetan Dance
Tibetan Dance

As with many other ethnic minority groups in China, the Tibetan people are very adept at singing and dancing. Tibetan dances, mostly mixed with dulcet songs, are like bright stars that illuminate this broad and mysterious land. Generally speaking Tibetan dances fall into four groups: Folk Dances, Religious Dances, Royal Dances and Opera Dances.

Tibetan Incense
Tibetan Incense

Incense is often used by Tibetans for worship and to expel evil influences in the religious ceremonies. Tibetan incense comes from a centuries old tradition of combining special medicinal and therapeutic substances derived from herbs, flowers and minerals that when burned, deliver an aroma which can help to sooth and calm a restless mind.

Tibetan Costume
Tibetan Costume

Owing to its high elevation and bad transportation conditions, Tibet has long had few exchanges with the outside world. Its solitude serves to help the birth and maintenance of the exotic Tibetan culture. Tibetan costumes vary within different districts, professions, social status, seasons, occasions and genders in materials, styles, colors, and accessories and so on. It is said that there are over 200 kinds of Tibetan costumes, which ranks first among the ethnic groups in China.

Tibetan Architecture
Tibetan Architecture

All the people who had been to Tibet, with no exception, would have been impressed deeply by Tibetan's bold love and preference to colors. From monasteries to residential buildings, from the monk's overall to the laymen's garments, even to furniture and knitting, all the colors are rich and vigorous. However, there's no a better place to show such a magnificence of colors than the toilets on the Tibet Plateau.

Tibetan Opera
Tibetan Opera

Tibetan opera, known as a-che lhamo in Tibetan, is universally popular in Tibet and the Tibetan-inhabited areas of Qinghai, Sichuan and Yunnan. Modern Tibetan opera is a composite of a multitude of arts encompassing text, dance, melodies, masks and costumes, and an orchestral accompany -- for the songs. "ache" means elder sister or a female, and "lhamo" means a fairy.

Tibetan Music
Tibetan Music

Tibet has long history and long-standing cultures. The special geographic environment and ethnic tradition result in a special music style. In the past, Tibetan music was rarely impacted by the outside world and it was little known by the outside world.

Tibetan Handicrafts
Tibetan Handicrafts

Tibetan Knives are traditional and well-known handicrafts with a peculiar style. they are indispensable in the life of herdsmen. Tibetans use them as the tools to defend, to slaughter livestock and to eat meat.

Thangkas
Thangkas

Religious paintings mounted on brocade and rolled up between two sticks are called thangkas. Their eminent portability was essential in a land of nomads, and they were often used by mendicant preachers and doctors as a visual learning aid. Not so portable are the huge thangkas, the size of large buildings, that are unfurled every year during festivals. Traditionally, thangkas were never bought or sold.

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