On 22 and 23 December 2012, an ecotourism seminar for Tibetan schoolteachers and monastic teachers was arranged in Chengdu. In lectures, discussions and workshops, tourism experts, religious leaders, NGO representatives and environmentalists stressed the importance of environmental and cultural preservation on the Tibetan Plateau.
Modern lifestyles, changed livelihoods, consumerism and junk food are having a negative impact on communities and the natural surroundings was the shared message during the seminar, and only a drastic change in mind set and practical action can reverse these negative developments. Ecotourism initiatives, community action and monastic teachings can help to make this change happen.
This is one of the most obvious Tibetan experiences, but still amazing if you leave your group and choose a group of Tibetans to walk with, hiking up to the monasteries for the smaller Koras and following them as they perform the many rituals along the way.