World's Most Controversial Vacations
Since 1959, when the Dalai Lama government was forced into exile in India, the Chinese government has kept an iron grip on Tibet, known as the “roof of the world” and the spiritual home of Tibetan Buddhism. By traveling here, say some activists, you are nearly assured of putting money in the Chinese government’s hands. Before you land in Lhasa, familiarize yourself with the issues. One good resource is Students for a Free Tibet, a global group that has campaigned for Tibetan rights since 1994.