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An exile Tibetan holds two paper cups with the message 'Free Hong Kong' as he participates in a candle-lit vigil in solidarity with Hong Kong protestors in Dharmsala, India

AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia

The Nam Tso Lake presents a stunning backdrop to the journey through Tibet.

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A Tibetan youth paints his face as he participates in the 59th Tibetan National Uprising day in Bengaluru.

PTI Photo by Shailendra Bhojak

In this image taken from a recent video footage run by China's CCTV via AP Video, a rocket is launched during a live-fire drill by the Chinese army in China's Tibet Autonomous Region that border India.

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In this image taken from a recent video footage run by China's CCTV, a target explodes during a live-fire drill by the Chinese army in China's Tibet Autonomous Region that border India. Beijing is intensifying its warnings to Indian troops to get out of a contested region high in the Himalayas where China, India and Bhutan meet, saying China has been restrained but "restraint has its limits." Chinese characters in yellow reads "Artillery soldiers high altitude live fire drills".

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Tibetan activists represent the two Tibetans they claim were killed recently by Chinese police in Kardze, Tibet, during a street protest in Dharmsala, Himachal Pradesh.

AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia

An exiled Tibetan climbs a tall post to tie multicolor prayer flags called wind horse or 'lungta' on the third day of the Tibetan New Year.

AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia

A Tibetan student gets ready in a traditional attire to perform a dance during a special prayer ceremony on the third day of the Tibetan New Year celebrations. Tibetans follow this ritual called "sangtsol" to ask for good luck in the new year.

AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha

Exile Tibetans write on their ballot papers in make-shift kiosks before casting their votes in the first round of choosing a new government-in-exile in Dharmsala, where the exiled government is based.

AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia

Exiled Tibetan Buddhist nuns assert a point as they debate in a group in Dharmsala. Tibetan monastics practice Buddhist dialectics as part of their training.

AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia

A female militia phalanx attends a grand ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Tibet Autonomous Region at the square of the Potala Palace in Lhasa, capital of southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region.

Xinhua/ Pang Xinglei

An exile Tibetan child (center) in a traditional attire joins elders to perform a dance as part of their spiritual leader the Dalai Lama's 80th birthday celebrations, in Bangalore. The Dalai Lama who was born on July 6 according to the Gregorian calendar is scheduled to be giving talks in the United States on his birthday.

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Exile Tibetan students throw white flour powder in the air during the 80th birthday celebrations of spiritual leader Dalai Lama, in Bangalore. The Dalai Lama who was born on July 6 according to the Gregorian calendar is scheduled to be giving talks in the United States on his birthday.

AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi

Members of Exile Tibetan Women Association clap as they listen to a speaker during a protest to demand the immediate release of Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, the 11th Panchen Lama, on the 20th anniversary of his disappearance, in New Delhi. Panchen Lama, the second highest leader in Tibetan Buddhist hierarchy, who has not been seen since 1995.

AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal

An exile Tibetan child holds a Tibetan flag at an event to mark the anniversary of a women's uprising in Lhasa, in New Delhi.

AP Photo/Altaf Qadri

An exile Tibetan woman lies down on the road during a flash mob to mark the anniversary of a women's uprising in Lhasa, in New Delhi.

AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal

Protest for a free Tibet at the Chinese embassy in New Delhi.

AP Photo/Altaf Qadri

Protest for a free Tibet at the Chinese embassy in New Delhi.

AP Photo/Altaf Qadri

Cops pull Tibetan exiles to detain them during a protest in New Delhi.

AP Photo/Altaf Qadri

Women throw barley flour in the air during an event to mark the 56th anniversary of the failed uprising in the Tibetan capital Lhasa in 1959, in Kathmandu, Nepal.

AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha

Tibetan artists perform a song "Thank you India" at the closing ceremony at the meeting of Diverse Spiritual Traditions of India in New Delhi.

PTI Photo by Vijay Verma

Darjeeling-born and Harvard-educated Lobsang Sangay is the third elected prime minister of the Tibetan government-in-exile

Sanjay Baid

A monk walks past a poster mocking Chinese President Xi Jinping, in an alley of New Delhi. Ten Tibetans were detained this morning after they staged a protest outside the Chinese Embassy here against the visit of Jinping to India.

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Exiled Tibetans shout slogans during a protest against the visit of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in New Delhi.

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Exiled Tibetans during a protest march to mark the 55th anniversary of the failed uprising in the Tibetan capital Lhasa in 1959, in New Delhi.

AP Photo/Manish Swarup

Austrian national Maximilian with a Tibetan flag attached to his hat during a gathering to mark the 55th Tibetan National Uprising Day in Dharmsala.

AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia

President Barack Obama meets with Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama in the Map Room of the White House in Washington.

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Tibetan activists write messages on folded paper cranes asking China to ensure a safe release of Tibetan filmmaker Dhondup Wangchen who has been in a Chinese prison since 2008 as they commemorate the International Human Rights Day in Dharmsala.

AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia

Police detain a Tibetan activist during a protest against the alleged human rights abuses of Tibetans by the Chinese government outside the Chinese embassy on the eve of World Human Rights Day in New Delhi.

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Qinghai-Tibet Railway It’s almost illogical, the ambition of this railway and its anonymous engineers. Its Xining (in the Qinghai province of China) to Lhasa stretch spans 1,972km over some of the most hostile and isolated terrain on the planet. The firsts boggle the mind: the railway climbs up to the Tanggula Pass, the highest in the world at 5,072m; its Fenghuoshan tunnel is the highest of its kind at 4,905m; more than 80% of the Golmund-Lhasa section is at an elevation of over 4,000m; 550km of track lies on permafrost. Passengers are provided dual-node tubing to connect oxygen tanks to nostrils, free of cost (from $40; chinatibettrain.com).

A Tibetan exile places candles during a candle light vigil in New Delhi. A Tibetan monk died after setting himself on fire in Kathmandu in what is believed to be the latest protest against Chinese rule over Tibet.

AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal

Exiled Tibetans hold placards against China demanding the release of Panchen Lama during a protest in New Delhi.

AP Photo /Manish Swarup

Exiled Tibetan Buddhist monks shout slogans during a protest march in Dharmsala as they mark the anniversary of a failed 1959 uprising against Chinese rule.

AP Photo/ Ashwini Bhatia

Tibetan Exiles in India carry an Indian flag and a portrait of the Dalai Lama during a rally to mark the anniversary of a failed 1959 uprising against Chinese rule, in New Delhi.

AP Photo/ Mustafa Quraishi

Tibetans living in Taiwan and supporters shout slogans during a protest to to mark the March 10 anniversary of a failed 1959 uprising against Chinese rule, in Taipei, Taiwan.

AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying

Exiled Tibetans in Guwahati light candles to pay homage to those who died protesting against Chinese harassment in Tibet.

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Exiled Tibetans take part in silent march to express their solidarity with Tibetans who immolated themselves in Tibet in a protest against Chinese rule, in Dharamsala.

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Policemen detain a Tibetan Youth Congress supporter as he protests outside the Chinese Embassy in New Delhi. TYC supporters shouted anti-Chinese government slogans outside the embassy to show support to Tibetans inside China who have set themselves on fire and protested against the Chinese government.

AP Photo/ Saurabh Das

An exiled Tibetan reacts during a protest rally in solidarity with Tibetan self-immolators in Dharmsala. Three teenage monks and a Tibetan woman set fire to themselves to protest Chinese rule on the eve of a pivotal Communist Party congress.

AP Photo/ Ashwini Bhatia

A farming family travels on a horse-drawn cart through the rugged mountain terrain of Central Tibet

Anirban Mahapatra

A shimmering bronze sculpture of a yak stands on a promenade in the shiny glass-panelled quarters of modern Lhasa

Anirban Mahapatra

An alternative view of that most majestic thing, Mt Everest

Anirban Mahapatra

Worshippers at dawn burn juniper in giant kilns and circumambulate temples.

Anirban Mahapatra

Monks at the Samye Monastery nap between chores.

Anirban Mahapatra

A village wakes up to a crisp morning in the heart of the Tibetan plateau, against the shadowy backdrop of a mountain

Anirban Mahapatra

Prayer flags at Everest Base Camp against the backdrop of the north face of Everest

Anirban Mahapatra

A Drokpa nomad

Anirban Mahapatra

Butter lamps illuminate the Sakyamuni Buddha in Tsedang’s Samye Monastery

Anirban Mahapatra

The Brahmaputra (‘Yarlung Tsangpo’) cuts its way through the Tibetan desert.

Anirban Mahapatra

A Naxi tribal chief in Central Yunnan obligingly poses in ethnic regalia for this photograph

Anirban Mahapatra

A Chinese belle in Lijiang

Anirban Mahapatra

The ancient town of Lijiang lights up in dramatic shades in the evening

Anirban Mahapatra

The ornate roofs of buildings glow in the afternoon sun in the ancient town of Dali in Yunnan.

Anirban Mahapatra

The Tea Horse Road courses along the banks of the Yangtse as it cuts up the rugged Hengduan Mountains near the eastern border of Tibet

Anirban Mahapatra

An exile Tibetan prostrates and drags a coffin to show solidarity to those who self immolated in Tibet during a protest in New Delhi. Activists have reported 55 self-immolations since February 2009.

AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal

An exile Tibetan wears a mask of Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping during a protest asking Xi, who is in line for China's top leader's position, to solve the crisis in Tibet, in Dharmsala.

AP Photo/ Ashwini Bhatia

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama gestures during a religious talk at the Tsuglakhang temple in Dharmsala.

AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia

An exiled Tibetan Buddhist nun rotates prayer wheels inscribed with Tibetan mantras in Dharmsala. More than 400 delegates are in Dharmsala to attend the four-day Special General Meeting of the Tibetans ending Friday to discuss their strategy in response to the self-immolations in Tibet.

AP Photo/ Ashwini Bhatia

Exiled Tibetan Buddhist monks carry a portrait of spiritual leader the Dalai Lama during the opening ceremony of the Special General Meeting of Tibetans in Dharmsala. More than 400 delegates began the four-day meeting to discuss their strategy in response to the self-immolations by Tibetans.

AP Photo/ Ashwini Bhatia

Tibetan exiles hold a candle light vigil to show solidarity with Tibetans residing inside Tibet and three Tibetan Youth Congress members who are on indefinite hunger strike against China, in New Delhi.

AP Photo/Saurabh Das

An elderly Tibetan exile is consoled as she cries during a candlelit vigil in Dharmsala. The vigil was organized to show solidarity with two Tibetans from the Kirti monastery in Ngaba who exiles claim immolated themselves Monday morning in Amdo province in Tibet.

AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia

In this file image taken from Nov. 11, 2011 video footage released by Students For A Free Tibet via AP video purports to show Buddhist nun Palden Choetso engulfed in flames in her self-immolation protest against Chinese rule on a street in Tawu, Tibetan Ganzi prefecture, in China's Sichuan Province. The U.S. State Department report released Monday, July 30,2012, highlighted what it said was a lack of religious freedom in China as well as Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran and North Korea. It said there had been "a marked deterioration during 2011 in the government's respect for and protection of religious freedom" in China, and that there was "severe" repression of religious freedom in Tibetan areas and the far western region of Xinjiang, home to a significant number of Muslims.

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A Tibetan exile shouts slogans as he is detained by police officers during a protest within a few kilometers from the venue where Chinese President Hu Jintao is attending the BRICS summit in New Delhi.

AP Photo/Manish Swarup

Police arrest a Tibetan exile during a protest against Chinese President Hu Jintao's visit, in New Delhi,

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A passenger boat crosses the dirt-littered River Brahmaputra, one of Asia's largest rivers, on the eve of World Water Day in Guwahati. The river originates in Tibet, where it is known as the Yarlung Zangbo.

AP Photo/Anupam Nath

Detained Tibetan exiles shout slogans from inside a police van, outside the venue where the Chinese foreign minister met S.M Krishna, in New Delhi. About a dozen Tibetan exiles protested as foreign ministers of China and India met in the to improve ties between the two nations. Police detained the Tibetan exiles as they shouted "No border talks without free Tibet," a reference to India's boundary dispute with China which is expected to figure into official talks.

AP Photo/ Manish Swarup

Police detain one of the Tibetan exiles during a protest against the Chinese government, outside Hyderabad House where Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi was meeting with External Affairs Minister S M Krishna, in New Delhi.

PTI Photo by Subhav Shukla

Delhi Tibetan People's Solidarity Movement activists enact Chinese atrocities during a protest on the eve of their 8th Worldwide Vigil Day for Tibet at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi.

PTI Photo/ PTI Photo by Shahbaz Khan

Exiled Tibetan students chant slogans in front of mock coffins as they hold pictures of Tibetans who have allegedly either died by self-immolation or were allegedly killed in Chinese police firing, during a protest march in New Delhi. At least 16 Buddhist monks, nuns and other Tibetans have set themselves on fire in protest in the past year, mostly in traditionally Tibetan areas of southwestern Sichuan province.

AP Photo/Kevin Frayer

Tibetan refugees dressed as Chinese soldiers enact the killing of a Tibetan student during a protest in Dharamsala. Three deadly clashes with Chinese security forces in January mark an escalation of a Tibetan protest movement that had expressed itself through scattered individual self-immolations, reflecting both the growing desperation of Tibetans and the harsh response by police.

AP photo/Angus McDonald

A Tibetan refugee uses a Tibetan flag as a candleholder, participates in a candlelight vigil to protest against violence by Chinese police against demonstrators in Tibet, at Dharmsala. The organisers of the vigil, the Regional Tibetan Youth Congress, claimed that eight demonstrators had been killed in two separate incidents at Drango and Serta, ethnically Tibetan areas in the Chinese province of Sichuan.

AP Photo/Angus McDonald

Tibetan novice monks from Kirti monastery participate in a candlelight vigil to protest against violence by Chinese police against demonstrators in Tibet, at Dharmsala. The organisers of the vigil, the Regional Tibetan Youth Congress, claimed that eight demonstrators had been killed in two separate incidents at Drango and Serta, ethnically Tibetan areas in the Chinese province of Sichuan.

AP Photo/Angus McDonald

An exile Tibetan holds a placard during a protest against the Chinese government in New Delhi. Exile Tibetans in Delhi hold protests criticising Chinese rule and to bring international attention to their demands and also to show solidarity to Tibetans who have self-immolated as a sign of protest against Chinese rule.

AP Photo/ Tsering Topgyal

A hotel employee holds down an exile Tibetan during a protest rally in New Delhi. Tibetan activists protested the visit of China's Deputy Chief of General Staff General Ma Xiaotian. Xiatian is on a two-day visit to India.

AP Photo/Manish Swarup

Exile Tibetans wear devil horns during a protest against China in New Delhi.

AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal

Exile Tibetan monks wearing devil horns hold Tibetan flags during a protest against China in New Delhi.

AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal

Shand, founder of Elephant Family, honours Tibetan spiritual leader The Dalai Lama with Dayavati Modi Award for Arts, Culture and Education during a function in New Delhi.

PTI Photo by Vijay Kumar Joshi

A video footage released by Students For A Free Tibet purports to show Buddhist nun Palden Choetso engulfed in flames in her self-immolation protest against Chinese rule on a street in Tawu, Tibetan Ganzi prefecture, in China's Sichuan Province.

AP Photo/ Students For A Free Tibet via APTN

Exile Tibetans shout slogans against the Chinese government during a march, in New Delhi. The march was to raise the issue of the recent acts of self immolations by Tibetans in Tibet and crackdown on monasteries.

AP Photo/ Manish Swarup

Tibetan Spiritual leader the Dalai Lama at Doon School in Dehradun.

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An exile Tibetan woman cries out as she scuffles with Indian police outside the United Nations Information Center at a protest seeking U.N. intervention in the Tibet issue in New Delhi. The protest was held to express solidarity with the plight of people in Tibet who set themselves on fire in protest against Chinese rule.

AP Photo/Mustafa Quraishi

Exile Tibetans, with painted bodies and names of monks who self-immolated themselves, shout slogans in a protest march in New Delhi. The protest is held to express solidarity with the plight of people in Tibet who set themselves on fire in protest against Chinese rule.

AP Photo/Manish Swarup

Tibetan exiles shout slogans as they participate in a rally to express solidarity with the plight of the people in Tibet, in New Delhi. Exiled Tibetans continued protest after nine Tibetans set themselves on fire in apparent protest against China's tight grip over Buddhist practices in Tibet.

AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal

Exile Tibetans hold a candle light vigil in Dharmsala as they react to news reports of self-immolation by two Tibetan monks at the Kirti Monastery in Sichuan province's Aba prefectuture,China. Two Tibetan monks set themselves on fire Monday in a protest over China's tight rein over Buddhist practices, a rights group said as the Chinese government reiterated it will choose the next Dalai Lama.

AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia

Passengers on the train

The train cuts through meadows

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Participants of Miss Tibet 2011 contest during the swimwear round at Khaniyra near Dharamsala.

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Newly elected Prime Minister of the Tibetan government-in-exile Lobsang Sangay, listens to an exile Tibetan nun at a gathering to felicitate the outgoing Tibetan Prime Minister Samdhong Rinpoche, in Dharmsala. Rinpoche said that the Dalai Lama has turned down pleas to accept a ceremonial role in the Tibetan government-in-exile after giving up his position as political leader. The Tibetan parliament is discussing amendments to its constitution, which are required after the spiritual leader announced that he wanted to end his political role.

AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia

Lonbsang Sangay, newly-elected to be the prime minister of the Tibetan government in exile, visits the Washington office of the International Campaign for Tibet.

AP Photo/ J. Scott Applewhite

In this March 20, 2011 file photo, Tibetan prime ministerial candiadate Lobsang Sengey, gestures as he talks to the Associated Press in the backdrop of a Tibetan flag in Dharmsala. Legal expert Sangay has won the election to become head of the Tibetan government-in-exile, taking over the Dalai Lama's political role.

AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia, File

Tibetan exiles participate in a protest against the visit of Jiang Jufeng, governor of Sichuan Province in China, and demanding the withdrawal of Chinese troops from the Kirti monastery in Tibet, in New Delhi. The Kirti monastery, housing nearly 2,500 monks, has been completely surrounded since March 16 by Chinese armed forces, who at one point prevented food and other vital supplies from entering the monastic compound, Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama said in a statement earlier this month.

AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal

A Tibetan in exile shouts anti-Chinese slogans during a protest outside the UN office on the 52nd anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising Day in Dehradun.

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A Tibetan activist raises slogans outside the U.N. office during a protest against the visit of Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao in New Delhi. The leaders of India and China called for a stronger partnership between their countries as they publicly downplayed the lingering economic and political tensions between Asia's rising powers. China resents the presence in India of the self-declared Tibetan government-in-exile and the Dalai Lama.

AP Photo/Gurinder Osan

Tibetan exiles shout slogans against the 2010 Asian Games being held in Guangzhou, China during a protest in New Delhi.

AP Photo/ Mustafa Quraishi

Under the boot Crackdowns in Tibet gets bigger headlines in the West than the Indian State’s depredations

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Tibetan protester shouting anti-China slogans being arrested, Mar 2010

Reuters (From Outlook, October 04, 2010)