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TIBETAN PAINTING
Tibetans consider their paintings a heritage, a part of their religion. They enjoy seeing beautiful paintings along the roadside on rocks and clifs, frescos on monastery walls, inside sacred buildings and on Tangkas hung in their homes. This art that serves them so brilliantly also serves the world, in spreading the good word of their unshakable belief systems. Paintings are often depicting the Gods of Tibetan Buddhism, icons of their faith, and dreams of the better life to come. These painting found all around them remind them of their commitment to their rituals, prayers and sacrifices. To visitors, the colorful art, clothing and lives of Tibetans are a delight to behold. For a look at some fantastic Tibetan paintings check out these fantastic paintings of the Lhasa Train.
TIBETAN ARTY ARCHITECTURE
One of the most amazing things in Tibet is the magnificently painted buildings. If you study them you can only imagine the years of labor that went in to every stroke. The intricate detail is only part of the story. The bright colors all have meaning beyond the mere artistic value. Take a little time to study the structure, painting and carvings of monasteries, temples, and even many buildings and homes. Red and white symbolizes power and peace, respectively. You will find these colors everywhere, but of special interest in the Potala Palace.
 
   

SHOPPING TIBET STYLE
 

Shopping in Tibet is a unique and exhilarating experience. Tibetan artistic skills goes back for centuries. Most of the goods you will come across in the Barkhor in Lhasa are sold to local Tibetans. The Barkhor does have some "tourist" stuff, little doll key chains, factory-made aprons and so forth, likely made in Chinese factories and sold wholesale to the Tibetans who own the stalls of the Barkhor. The Barkhor circles the Jokhang Temple in a complete circle. However, most of what you will run across are goods made and sold by Tibetans for Tibetans. Tibetan charm comes through these choice items. Tibetan carpets when handmade by Tibetan artisans are some of the best carpets in the world. Silver items like jewelry can be a good find, but be cautious. Check out the Tibetan knives of intricate detail, horse bells, copper tea pots, musical instruments, Tibetan jewelry (be sure you know how to tell genuine turquoise because a lot of it is fake), the comfortable silk pants, portable Tibetan scriptures, and of course, the hand held prayer wheels. Be careful, there is a lot of junk, plastic, worthless stuff, but if you take a little time to compare you'll be able to make a smart purchase. Great souvenirs can be found for under $5 US. Also consider saving your shopping dollars for smaller villages where the artisans live, or meander about the back alleys of the old city in Lhasa and find artists at work. Sometimes you can buy beautiful crystal rocks from Tibetan beggars along the Friendship Hwy. No matter where you shop, the experience is the best part of the memory.
Lhasa Department Store, is located on the west end of Yuthok Lu, one of the largest and best-known markets in Lhasa. It sells items like cotton clothing, mugs, canned food, towels, and toothpaste, plus local handicrafts. However, shopping the Barkhor and buying directly from Tibetans is much more pleasing and satisfying.
   


   

 
       

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