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 beautiful walks near Lhasa, a lovely drive through green countryside and traditional villages to get to Ganden Monastery. I always come into contact with the most colorful and friendly pilgrims while doing the half-hour Kora. The views of the checkered fields from the hill are wonderful, with rivers cutting their way through the valleys and mountains providing the backdrop