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Tibetans posing for a photograph in Lhasa (credit: So_P, Flickr)
Tibetans posing for a photograph in Lhasa (credit: So_P, Flickr)

Tibet is rich in tradition and some Tibetans, particularly nomads, have lifestyles that have changed little over generations. It is also a modern country with many urban Tibetans living busy city lives.

Communications are very important to Tibetans and the use of mobile phones and the internet is extensive, including in some of the most remote parts of Tibet. While China attempts to prevent Tibetans accessing foreign media and influences, Tibetans work hard to circumvent restrictions and engage with the world beyond their borders.

Many young people are seeking new ways to resist China's rule and to preserve Tibetan culture. This includes the Lhakar or ‘White Wednesday" movement - a practice whereby Tibetans promote their own culture, speak their own language, shop exclusively in Tibetan shops and wear Tibetan clothes; every one a rejection of Chinese rule.