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Voices from TibetSelected Essays and Reportage$
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Tsering Woeser and Lixiong Wang

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9789888208111

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888208111.001.0001

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Wrecking Nature

Wrecking Nature

(p.49) Chapter IV Wrecking Nature
Voices from Tibet

Tsering Woeser

Wang Lixiong

Hong Kong University Press

Tibetans conserve the natural environment out of their respect for sacred landscape, yet the ecologically fragile Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau is being eyed by the Chinese for its bounties of freshwater and precious metals. Tibetan herders are thrust into urban life with little to live on. The demolition of traditional architecture and construction of modern buildings severely mar the looks of Lhasa. Tibetan fashion is corrupted by official aesthetics to favor wearing animal skins, running counter to Tibetans’ religious belief.

Keywords:   Animal skins, Herders, Mine prospectors in Tibet, Potala Palace, Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau, Sacred landscape, Tibet Heritage Fund, traditional Tibetan architecture, Sonam Wangmo, UNESCO World Heritage site

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