Friday, 8 February 2013


And the last postcard today comes from Tiber, People's Republic of China. You can see the Statue of Buddha in the Jokhang Monastery. I decided to put a "Tibet" label for this post, even though Tibet is a part of China.
Tibet is a plateau region in Asia, north-east of the Himalayas. It is the traditional homeland of the Tibetan people as well as some other ethnic groups such as MonpasQiang, and Lhobas, and is now also inhabited by considerable numbers of Han and Hui people. Tibet is the highest region on earth, with an average elevation of 4,900 metres.
Tibet emerged in the 7th century as a unified empire, but it soon divided into a variety of territories. The bulk of western and central Tibet were often at least nominally unified under a series of Tibetan governments in LhasaShigatse, or nearby locations; these governments were at various times under Mongol and Chinese overlordship. The eastern regions of Kham and Amdo often maintained a more decentralized indigenous political structure, being divided among a number of small principalities and tribal groups, while also often falling more directly under Chinese rule; most of this area was eventually incorporated into the Chinese provinces of Sichuan and Qinghai. Following the collapse of the Qing dynasty in 1912, Qing soldiers were disarmed and escorted out of Tibet. The region declared its independence in 1913. The region maintained its autonomy until 1951 when, following amilitary conflict, Tibet was incorporated into the People's Republic of China (PRC) and the previous Tibetan government was abolished in 1959 after a failed uprising. Today, the PRC governs western and central Tibet as the Tibet Autonomous Region while eastern areas are mostly within Sichuan and Qinghai provinces. There aretensions regarding Tibet's political status and dissident groups are active in exile.

I love Chinese drawn stamps such as the right one. Thank you, Peter!


  1. i'd love to get a card from tibet, how cool is that! chinese stamps are very pretty.

  2. That's a beautiful card and I love the Chinese stamps too!