Even as I write this, I have plans to return to China, to another city and to another Tibetan area. My first encounter with Tibetans was not in Tibet but in China. It's a little known fact that a lot of Tibetans live outside Tibet in two areas that were in very ancient times part of Tibet but over the years of strife and turmoil has been included into two Chinese provinces. While Tibet or what China calls 'TAR" or the Tibetan Autonomous Region is closed to foreign visitors, one needs another special permit for the TAR, the two provinces of China where the rest of the Tibetans live are opened to visitors. Here the Tibetan culture and religion thrives and is the most delightful to see.