Tibetan Culture for Your Trip to Tibet

Tibet, a mark of Wonderland, is so mysterious that your heart will get caught easily by just speaking of its name. For decades, more and more foreigners want to explore it and discover the best Tibet tours of their own. But before you search Tibet Tour Packages online, you are strongly suggested to learn some basic knowledge about Tibetan culture in order to enhance your trip experience. I hope tourists can know Tibet in a higher understanding after reading this post.
Covering 1.2 million square kilometers, Tibet Autonomous Region is located in the southwest of China, next to Nepal, India, Myanmar, Bhutan, etc. With an average altitude which is more than 4000m, it’s also the main part of Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. Due to the special geographical and natural condition, Tibet is sparsely populated and the Tibetan people are principally classified according to their living way, one is Drogpas, the other is Shingpas.
Drogpas, means Nomads in the Tibetan language, are distributed mainly in central, eastern, southern and western Tibet. Shingpas, Farmers in the Tibetan language, are mostly living in northern Tibet. But it’s not strange that you can see nomads and farmers in the same field as well. For example, you can find farmers live on the bank of rivers or bottom of the valley while nomads live in the alpine meadow.
Tibetan culture was developed with both internal and external elements. The internal factors are this ethnic itself, the external influence is from the border countries. As a minority of China, Tibetan people has its unique culture that inherited from generation to generation. Such as the lifestyle, sacrifice method, food, traditional clothes, and so on. But in 7th. and 8th. Century, Buddhism had been brought into this highland from the origin country India and expanded rapidly with Tibetan feature. Tibetan Buddhism emerged at a historic moment following the trend of the times. It integrated with people’s life, affected them in philosophy and belief. Living in bad natural conditions, Tibetan people may need a certain religion to get inner peace. Thus, Tibetan Buddhism became an essential part of their cultural life.
After then, Tibet had disconnected with the outside world for a long time and preserved its rich and homegrown culture. That’s why it became a mystic place to a foreign land. Tibetan Buddhism never stopped its progress even if Tibet was isolated from the outside world. But, Tibet is large enough that the difference in culture is an inevitable existence. Generally, we define it in three parts, Utsang(central and western Tibet), Kham (far-eastern part) and Amdo (northern part).

Tibetan Monastery

Tibet has closed its door to outsiders until 1980s. Suddenly the modernization impacted this old pure paradise and helped drive economic growth. Normally, the different background of generations makes a wide gap between the elders and youngsters. They should be different in many ways, like attitude, clothing, speaking, etc. But it’s an exception in Tibet, long-time devoted Buddhism has formed a traditional culture in their spiritual life. It’s hard to change them to another model under the influence of Tibetan Buddhism. People who traveled to Tibet always evaluate Tibetan culture as a Buddhist culture.

Tibetan Prayers