Tibetan portraits


An elderly Tibetan woman dressed in traditional Tibetan costume Photo: China Tibet Online

Tibetan ethnic group has a centuries-old history. Early in 641 AD, after uniting the warring tribes, Songtsen Gampo dispatched messengers to Chang'an, former capital of the Tang Dynasty, to seek a bride from the royal family. Princess Wencheng was chosen and sent to Tibet to marry the famous Tibetan king. From then on, the Han and Tibetan nationalities began to make significant progress in economy, politics and culture.


Tibetans mainly live on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, scattering in the Tibet Autonomous Region, Gansu, Sichuan, Qinghai and Yunnan provinces, at an elevation above 4,000 meters.


Tibetan people often wear a short gown with long sleeves made of silk or cloth and a long and loose gown covering it. Traditionally, they like wearing cowhide boot. They sometimes bare their right shoulder or both shoulders, and tie the sleeves around the waist so as to move easily. Tibetan women like wearing an apron around the waist.


Tibetan people, especially women, like wearing exquisite ornaments, some of which are made of invaluable turquoise and ruby.


Having been exposed to the sun for a long period, their skins are darker than the people living outside the plateau. And because of chilly wind and dry climate, redness is clearly seen on their face, which people call "plateau red". The facial feature makes Tibetans easily recognized among others and naturally they become attractive to photographers. Today we would like to entertain our readers with selected photos capturing vivid images of Tibetan people ranging from ordinary people and monks to the young and the old.

An elderly Tibetan man turns a wheel prayer. Photo: China Tibet Online

A beautifully dressed Tibetan girl Photo: China Tibet Online

A Tibetan woman dressed in winter finery kisses her kid. Photo: China Tibet Online

Two Tibetan monks stand beside a holy lake in Tibet. Photo: China Tibet Online

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