December 1, 1996
To say that Tibet was "annexed" by China in 1951 is a little bit like saying folks in Ethiopia had a dietary deficiency in 1992 ("Tibet Film May Derail Disney's Efforts to Expand Into China," Nov. 23). China's "annexation" was a full-on military invasion. Since that time, 1.2 million Tibetans (including hundreds of thousands of Buddhist monks and nuns) have died as a direct result of execution, imprisonment, torture and starvation. Over 6,000 monasteries and nunneries were deliberately destroyed (only 10 to 13 remain)
November 5, 2012 |
BEIJING - In the last three months, two of Thinlay Gyatso's relatives have set themselves on fire in protest against Chinese rule, and the 31-year-old Tibetan academic is still sorting out his conflicted emotions over their suicides. If any of them had confided their plans, he said, he would have tried to stop them. "From the beginning, I said this was not a good thing to burn yourself," he said. On the other hand, he acknowledged a swell of pride in his relatives - one of them a 26-year-old mother of two young children who was his second cousin, the other an uncle who was in his 50s. "People respect the ones who have immolated themselves.
December 15, 2009 |
If you want to see a glacier melt with your bare eyes, try Yulong Snow Mountain, an 18,000-foot peak in southern China's Yunnan province. On this early December morning, the mountain is etched against the technicolor sky in shades of gray -- definitely more gray than white. Naked boulders of limestone and daubs of shrubbery protrude from the shallow snow cover. At a scenic overlook on the way up, tourists leave their woolly hats in the tour bus when they hop out to take photographs.
April 14, 2006 |
Kekexili is more than one of the most remote and starkly beautiful locations on Earth. It's a place with a spirit of its own, a spirit that's been infused into the strong and gritty Chinese import "Mountain Patrol: Kekexili." About four miles high on the Tibetan plateau, Kekexili is so remote and inhospitable, someone says, that "each step you take might be the first human footprints since the world began."
February 18, 1990 |
A cold, wind-swept plain in Tibet populated with scores of birds, plants and animals found nowhere else on Earth has been proposed as the world's largest nature reserve. The Chang Tang Reserve, named from the Tibetan words for "northern plain," would encompass an area the size of California.
October 29, 2003 |
Beijing's plan to pacify this restive Himalayan province involves a $3.2-billion railroad that will connect the rest of China to the frozen Tibetan plateau known as the roof of the world. The railroad, billed as the world's highest and due to be completed in 2007, represents the linchpin of China's ambitious "Go West" campaign to develop and repopulate its impoverished hinterland.