After giving up his job as a programmer and leaving his native village for the datsan (temple) at Ivolga, the spiritual heart of Russian Buddhism, Chingiz Shagdurov found peace at last.
Tourists and Buddhist pilgrims flow through a dim quarter of a Lhasa temple illuminated by manhole-size butter candles in brass urns. Some stop to tuck a banknote or two in glass barriers in front of towering Buddhist images, including the Great Fifth Dalai Lama
A row over Communist cronyism has erupted in China after the prime minister approved plans to build a controversial dam on a Tibetan holy lake, one of the country’s last great wildernesses.
Until two years ago, farmer Nyima, 44, and her husband, Bazhu, 45, eked out a living on their little plot outside Tsedang, earning about 300 yuan (S$63) a month.