Photographer's Note

The Potala, once home of the Dalai Lamas, was the largest building in the world in the 14th century. It is perched on the moutain side, with a steep road and walk ways. The Dalai Lama was forced to flee Tibet, after assassination attempts, by the Chinese government. If you have seen "Seven Years in Tibet", you will recognize the radio antenna, the Chinese put up at the entrance to Lhasa, in the 1940s. Most of the ancient city looked exactly the same as when the Dalai Lama fled, when I first visited 1998, 1999. The Chinese have been very busy tearing down the ancient traditional homes and villages, to put Tibetians in "Tibetian Quarters", and along roads. Most cannot pay for these "new homes", and lose everything. Now the Chinese are pouring into Tibet to live, and as tourists, ethnic Tibet is fast disappearing. The Chinese who move to Tibet, receive free meat coupons, loans with no interest, and extra pay to live in the high altitude. I am at Drepung Monastery, now falling into ruins, once the home of 10,000 monks and famous university.

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