What is the national animal of Tibet


Tibet - the roof of the world - has always fascinated its visitors. Heinrich Harrer, Austrian mountaineer and writer, was probably the most famous Tibet traveler who lost his heart to the land on the other side of the Himalayas. Harrer spent seven years of his life in Tibet and in his bestseller of the same name ("Seven Years of Tibet: My Life at the Court of the Dalai Lama") described both the culture of Tibet and his experiences as a teacher and confidante of the Dalai Lama. On July 6, 2012, Harrer, who called Tibet his second home, would have been 100 years old.

In our special we introduce you to Tibet, the country of the Dalai Lama, in which there is a lot to discover not only for mountaineers: Tibet is rich in culture and tradition. Untouched nature, gigantic peaks, Buddhist temples and monasteries are the characteristic features of the country, which has been a Chinese province with certain autonomous rights since 1965. The Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of the Tibetan Buddhists, lives in exile in India. The affiliation of Tibet to China has since been controversial under international law and has repeatedly triggered protests for years.

We will take you on a journey to the highest country on earth, where you will learn more about the changeful history of Tibet and the Dalai Lama, as well as discover the sights and cultural peculiarities of the country: starting with the highlight Mount Everst, via the holy ones Lakes, right up to the world-famous Potala Palace in the Tibetan capital Lhasa, where Heinrich Harrer lived and worked as a teacher during his stay in Tibet.