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M. Tsybikoff's Journey to Lhassa

Nature volume 69, page 107 (03 December 1903) | Download Citation



IN the latest number of the Izvestia of the Russian Geographical Society (1903, iii.) there is a very interesting paper, by M. G. Ts. Tsybikoff, on his journey to Central Tibet and his stay at the city of the Dalai-lama, Lhassa, the unattained goal of so omany European travellers. M. Tsybikoff is a Russian Buryate by birth, and a Lamaite by religion, who studied at the Oriental faculty of a Russian university, and after having carefully prepared himself for this journey went to Tibet, as so many Buryate pilgrims do. He stayed on his way through Mongolia in two of the most renowned Mongolian monasteries, and on August 1, 1900, entered the holy precincts of Central Tibet without any difficulty. It was on the northern slope of the Bumza Pass, on the San-chu River. From this spot the caravan travelled south-westwards through the broad and open, extremely high and dry valleys of Central Tibet, where cereals are nevertheless grown by means of irrigation, and on August 16 they entered the holy city, after a three months' journey from the Gumbum Monastery, and a 370 miles' journey through Tibet proper.

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