|Why Study Mandarin in Tibet?
You may want to stay in Tibet for seven years, but classes
at Tibet University will bring you a degree of confidence
in a new language skill within a few semesters. By studying
in the capital of Tibet, Lhasa, you will have access
to an ancient Buddhist culture as well as a grasp of
the language of the governing Chinese Tibetan community.With business opportunities flourishing in Tibet following
widespread immigration and investment from the lowlands
of China, the Lhasa of the future will have links not
only to China and the imagination of the West, but also
to Tibet's western neighbours, India and Nepal.
Long since a hidden away Buddhist sanctuary, Tibet is
now accessible by train from western China and even Beijing.
Living at over 3500 metres above sea level takes some
getting used to, but has the advantage that you are literally
on the top of the world. Major highways now run to Sichuan,
Xinjiang and Qinghai providing a link to the Chinese
cities of the north west of China. Visit some of the
even more remote western towns to complete your sense
of understanding of the mysterious Tibet. It's worth
trying to make your trip coincide with one of Tibet's
main festivals. New Year is an excellent time to be
in Lhasa. Saga Dawa, another of Tibet's major events,
is also a good time to be in Lhasa or Mount Kailash.
The Tibetan economy consists of subsistence agriculture,
or the growing of enough food to live off of.Livestock
are also raised but mainly in the Tibetan Plateau, among
them are sheep, cattle, goats, camels, yaks and horses.
Handicrafts, including Tibetan hats, jewellery clothing,
quilts, fabrics and carpets are important generators
of income for the people in Tibet.Traditionally, goods
for trade, particularly foreign trade, were carried by
yaks or horse. A new project underway is the construction
of a dam on the Lhasa River, which has nurtured Tibetan
civilization for centuries. The dam will provide electricity
to much of central Tibet, and is part of the infrastructural
development funded by the Beijing central government.
With a way of life that stayed the same for centuries,
Tibet is so high up and far away that few visitors ever
reached its borders until last century. Interrupting
the ancient peace of the Buddhist mountain kingdom came
first the British and Indian traders. Coupled with their
interest was that of China and Russia who asserted their
influence and sovereignty over the region. Now, as an
autonomous province of China, religious Tibet has entered
the modern world, and is trying with the help of its
allies to keep apace with developments of the rest of
The School of Arts in Tibet University, in which international
students can study Chinese, is one of the oldest schools
in the university and has excellent teaching records
in many distinguished areas.