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2010 map of Tibet  with the regions of Amdo and Kham
Recent photo of the Potala, residence of the Dalai Lama, in Lhasa, capital of Tibet
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The 13th Dalai Lama, Thubten Gyatso (1876 - 1933)
The British Invasion
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Colonel Francis Younghusband (1863 - 1942) led the 1903-1904 British military campaign in Tibet
Why did the British invade Tibet?
Nomadic Professor
The March to Lhasa
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British troops under Francis Younghusband fire on Tibetan troops on their march through Tibet to Lhasa in 1904.   





Mount Everest
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Tibet allowed a British reconnaissance expedition to Everest in 1921   -   the first expedition to Everest.


Recent photo of Rongbuk Monastery, foreground, and the north side of Mount Everest. Expeditions set up their base camp here. The monastery was founded in 1902.

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Some of the members of the first expedition to Mount Everest, a British reconnaissance expedition, led by Charles Howard-Bury.

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The North Face of Everest in Tibet
viewed from the Chang La Pass


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The second British expedition to Everest,
led by Charles Bruce. The expedition was the first to attempt to climb the summit.  

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The third British expedition to Everest, in 1924. In the photo, standing, from left to right, are Andrew ("Sandy") Irvine; George Leigh Mallory, considered the best climber of the day; Edward ("Teddy") Norton, the expedition leader; and Noel Odell.



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Edward Felix Norton (1884 - 1954), leader of the 1924 British Everest Expedition, climbed alone and without oxygen, climbed to within 280 metres of the summit, a climbing altitude record not surpassed for 28 years, until 1952. Norton attempted to reach the summit by a snow gully on the North Face, below the summit pyramid, which the climbers called the Grand Couloir and known ever since as the Norton Couloir.     


Mallory and Irvine

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George Mallory, left, and Andrew Irvine, set out on the next attempt to reach the summit and perished. They were the first European climbers to die on Everest.


The Epic of Everest

The official film record by John Noel of the 1924 expedition to Mount Everest.

Advertisement for the copy of the film restored by the British Film Institute


Introduction to a showing of the British Film Institute restoration (2013):


Short sections of the film footage






The Affair of the Dancing Lamas

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The 1924 British expedition returned to England with a group of Tibetan monks and a lama. They performed dances before showings of John Noel's film, The Epic of Everest. This offended some Tibetans and Tibet banned expeditions for the next eight years, until 1933.

British Pathé




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Wings Over Everest

1981 documentary about the first flight over Everest, by British airmen in April 1933.

Filmed by John Noel and M. S. Bonnet



The British led four more expeditions to Everest, in 1933, 1935, 1936 and 1938.

The 1935 expedition was a reconnaissance expedition.

The summit was not reached. 




The Unknown World - Tibet
Narrated silent film by American (?) expeditionaries to Tibet, probably from the 1920s, includes footage of the 13th Dalai Lama (1876 - 1933)
Tibet - Land of Isolation
Silent film
The Lost World of Tibet
BBC documentary (2009?)
Film footage of Tibet in 1930s
The 14th Dalai Lama
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The 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, born
in the village of Takster in Amdo in 1935. Recognized as the reencarnation of the 13th Dalai Lama in 1937 and as the 14th Dalai Lama in 1939, enthroned in 1940, and assumed full political dutiies in 1950.
Geheimnis Tibet (Secret Tibet)
Schutzstaffel (Shafer) Expedition (1938 - 1939)
With English sub-titles:
Inside Tibet
1942 - 1943 Tolstoy expedition to Tibet for the O. S. S.


High Adventure with Lowell Thomas
Lowell Thomas and Lowell Thomas jr. visit Tibet in 1949 (58:47)
China Invades Tibet

The Guomindang-Communist showdown.

Animated map shows the spread of Communist control from 1946 to 1950. The PRC invaded Tibet on 7 October 1950.

China Invades Tibet
Brief blog

Dalai Lama flees Lhasa, heads for India




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LIFE Magazine, April 23, 1951

Photo by Heinrich Harrer



In late 1951, Chinese troops entered Lhasa.



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The Dalai Lama in 1951

The Conquest of Everest
Tenzing Norgay of Nepal on the summit of Everest, photographed by his climbing partner, Edmund Hilary of New Zealand.
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Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and Tenzing Norgay, a Sherpa from Nepal, were the first to reach the summit of Mount Everest. They reached the top at 11:30 a. m. on 29 May 1953. They climbed up the south side of Everest from Nepal with a British expedition led by John Hunt.
Tenzing Norgay was born Namgyal Wangdi in Tengboche in Khumbu, a Sherpa region of Nepal near Mount Everest, in 1914. His parents were Tibetan Sherpas who resettled among the Sherpas in Khumbu.
Tenzing Norgay was a high-altitude porter with the British Expeditions to Everest of 1935, 1936 and 1938.
Tenzing Norgay was head of the Sherpa porters and a climber with the Swiss Everest expedition in Nepal to Everest in 1952. With Raymond Lambert, a Swiss climber, Tenzing Norgay came to within 250 metres of the summit, higher up the mountain than anyone before.
The following year, 1953, Tenzing reached the summit with Edmund Hillary.
Tenzing's uncle was the head lama of the Rongbuk Monastery, on the north side of Everest in Tibet.
The Race for Everest
BBC documentary (2003) (59 min.) 
Tibet News

Visit of H. H. the 14th Dalai Lama to India

1956 - 1957

The Religious Investiture of His Holiness the 14 Dalai Lama of Tibet
1958 documentary by the Office of Tibet, New York
Tibetan uprising against Communist Chinese occupation fails
March 1959
Dalai Lama flees to India
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The Dalai Lama, third from right, riding through Tibet. The Dalai Lama left Lhasa on 17 March and reached India on 31 March.
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The Dalai Lama interviewed after his arrival in India
Tibet in the News
Metro News reel (1959)
Dalai Lama In India
British Pathé
Dalai Lama in India
British Pathé (1959)
Dalai Lama flees Tibet for India
Newsreel (1959)
Interview with the Dalai Lama
BBC documentary series on the programme The World About Us (1981)
Part 1.
The Bamboo Curtain Falls
Includes comments by Heinrich Harrer
Part 2.
The Lost Mystery
Tibet - History of a Tragedy
1996 French documentary (55:43)
Or in 4 parts
The Shadow Circus
The CIA in Tibet
Documentary with Roger "Mac" McCarthy, CIA director of ST Circus (2001)
Chinese film about Tibet
(2 parts)
His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama
Ocean of Wisdom
The Life of the Dalai Lama
The Dalai Lama
Soul of Tibet
Biographical documentary (ca. 2000)
5 clips:
Dalai Lama Receives the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize



1997 Hollywood movie









Dalai Lama receiving Congressional Gold Medal
Henry Kissinger talks about Dalai Lama
Interview with the Dalai Lama on his 80th Birthday
BBC 2015 (29:17)
The Dalai Lama's 80th Birthday Celebration
Anaheim, California, July 5, 2015

The Panchen Lama
Tashilhunpo Monastery, Shigatse. Tibet
10th Panchen Lama
Gonpo Tseten (1933 -  1989), the
10th Panchen Lama (1949 - 1989)
The Dalai Lama and Panchen Lama Visit India
1956 - 1957
3 clips:
Gedhun Choekyi Nyima (1989 - ),
named by the Dalai Lama as the
11th Panchen Lama in 1989
Gyaincain Norbu (1990 - ), selected
by the People's Republic of China
as the 11th Panchen Lama in 1995
Tibet's Stolen Child


Dorje Shugden

Dorje Shugden

The Spirit and Controversy




Dalai Lama on Dorje Shugden

Washington, D. C.

July 11, 2011



Dorje Shugden Controversy

France 24 documentary (2009)



The Illustrated Story of Dorje Shugden



Dalai Lama on the ban on Dorje Shugden





The End of Time
Episode from the 1995 Time-Life documentary series Lost Civilizations narrated by Sam Waterston
Tibetan Refugees
Recent interviews with Tibetan refugees in India
The Lost Caves of Tibet
Documentary film about cave temples in Mustang, a remote part of Nepal

Lost Treasures of Tibet

PBS documentary


By road through Mustang to Tibet
Journeyman documentary
Buddhist festival in Gansu
The Ladakh Festival
Hemis Monastery Festival
June 2012
Yogis of Tibet
2002 documentary



Wheel of Time


2003 Documentary about the Kalachakra Initiation in Bodh Gaya, India in 2002 by


Werner Herzog




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Tintin au Tibet par Hergé
(Georges Remi), (1959)
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Footprint photographed by Eric Shipton, leader of the 1951 British reconnaissance expedition in Nepal to Mount Everest in 1951.
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Photo by Shipton in 1951 of footprints
left in the snow by what appears to be an enormous bi-pedal animal on the Menlung Glacier in Nepal.
National Geographic
The Qinghai - Tibet (Golmud - Lhasa) Railway
Completed in 2006

Qinghai-Tibet Railway

Episode from the documentary series Megastructures: Extreme Railway
National Geographic Channel
Freedom in Exile
Episode about Lhasa today from the documentary series Lost Civilizations

A Year in Tibet
Five-part BBC documentary
1. The Visit
2. Three Husbands and a Wedding
3., 4., 5. N/A