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Old Oct 25, 2012, 4:23 AM   #1
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Default Faces at the Kumbum Monastery

Kumbum Monstery is the largest Tibetan Monastery in Qing Hai Province in China. Tibetan population in Qing Hai is about 40%. All the pictures in this series are Tibetans.
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Old Oct 25, 2012, 6:35 AM   #2
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Interesting captures!

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Thanks, JJ! China has 50 minority tribes, Tibetans are one of the five main tribes. The 5 stars on the Chinese flag represent each of the 5 main tribes: Hans ( the big star for the majority), Manchurians, Hu (Muslims), Mongolians and the Tibetans.
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The following pictures are all Tibetans. The young Lama monks are not very friendly and don't like to have their pictures taken. I was glad that I hada long zoom lens with me.
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The first two pictures are Hu peddlers selling baked potatos. The third one is a just a picture of 2 Chinese (Han) girls.
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Cool shots.... "people" shots from far away lands/differing cultures are so interesting... and yes, a long lens is a boon... as is a tilt-screen...!
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Qing Hai is also like Tibet since there is a large Tibetan population there. Tibetans are devoted Buddhists and you can see it in their everyday life. Everywhere you go you can see Buddhist temples and Stupas (pagoda like structures). They are relatively poor compared to people living in other parts of China partially because they want to cling to their way of life. In general, people there are contend except for the lama monks. The lama monks feel that their privileged class status has been taken away by the government. The young monks are not very friendly to the tourists and often refuse to answer questions when asked.
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