Tibet suffers under Chinese occupation and the relentless sinification of Tibetan society and culture. Tibetan buddhism is tolerated, but for instance with only about one-tenth the number of monks allowed as previously. Not that everything was better then. In a feodal society where power lay with religious leaders people also had little influence over their lives.
View of Potala palace disrupted by a grotesque kitsch Chinese monument.
Tibetan pilgrims and a Chinese police post.
Chinese is superdominant over Tibetan in Tibet.
Chinese occupation and sinicization of Tibet, on entering Lhasa.
Temple mural damaged during the Cultural Revolution, and later callously restored.
Cultural performance of the Chinese version of Tibetan history, the only one allowed.
Incense smoke around the most holy Jokhang temple.
The number of present-day monks is one-tenth of that in previous times.
Buddhism is tolerated in a limited fashion.
A monk prostates himself whilst circumventing the Potala.
Turning prayer wheels.
Monks in Tashilungpo monastry.
A woman prostates herself whilst circumventing Jokhang temple, her son has other ideas.
Prostating oneself is part of Tibetan buddhism.
As is the endless circumventing of holy places, with prayer wheels and prayer beads.
Burning candles for the Buddha.
Grandmother and grandchild.
Prayer flags at the Karola (mountain pas).
Teenage girl herding yaks.
Copper pots and pans in a shop for kitchen utensils.
Nomad tent with yaks and solar panels.
Artificial lake to generate electricity, and a drowned village.
Chinese sales woman taking a nap.
The Potala palace by night.