Tibet People and Lifestyle

Curious to know about the inhabitant and their lifestyle in Tibet? Tibet, being part of China, is full of culture and lifestyle. If you ever visit Tibet, you will be impressed by the people there and their unique culture.

If you don’t know already, read on this article to know about the people and their lifestyle in Tibet. After reading this article, the chances are you will soon be preparing to visit Tibet.

Tibet Inhabitants

Tibet is the city of various residents including the major population, Tibetans who are 92% of the total population. Other populations in Tibet include Monpa- living in the district of Couna in Tibet; Luopa- recognized China ethnic group living in southeastern Tibet; Dengba people lived in the forest.  Han Chinese, Sherpa and  Hui are also inhabitants in Tibet. They either live in a small wooden house or Nomad tents.

Tibet Cuisine

If you ever travel to Tibet, you can’t stop yourself to taste their unique and delicious cuisines.  They have various dishes of mutton, beef, barley and milk products. They are expert at cooking the same food item in various ways such as stew, boil, roast and fry, steam, and braise. Zamba is a traditional food in Tibet, prepared by grinding the fired barely. Tsampa, Tibetan noodles soup, Momo, Dre-si are yet other delicious dishes. Being a high altitude area, Tibetans also like yaks meat dishes.

Tibetans beverages are also tasty and unique. Eating Tsampa with salty butter tea makes a perfect taste; sweet tea is an alternative to coffee in Tibet; barely wine and Lhasa beer are other traditional drinks.

Clothing in Tibet

Just like their charming personality, people in Tibet wear unique and traditional clothing. Being a high altitude area, the local clothes in Tibet are warm and thick, made of silk, wool, and cotton.

Tibetan women wear charming dark-colored wrap dresses. Pangden; colorful striped and woven wool apron, is a famous dress worn by married women.  Tibetans wear long sleeves hanging down their hands; woolen girdle waist allowing the skirt to reach knees; having an upper fold with multiple pockets and wearers chest-Ampa, to carry certain items.  They also like to wear conical hat occasionally.

Occupational Life in Tibet

If we talk about Tibet economy, it mainly depends on farming and animal husbandry. Barley and wheat are the main crops in Tibet which are a source of living for farmers. Sheep, yak, and goats are main herding animals; source of earning for roaming nomads in Tibet. If we talk about the city life in Tibet, most of them are making their living as craftsmen. However, Tibet inhabitants are diverting toward businesses now.

Language in Tibet

The three dialects of Tibetans; U-Tsand, Amdo, and Kham Tibetans share the single language- the Central Tibetan language. Tibet language belongs to Sino-Tibetan Phylum; Tibetan is the major language spoken in the region. However, English is the language of the tourism business in Tibet. Many of Indian merchants in Tibet speak Hindi whereas Nepalese merchants speak Nepalese.

Religion in Tibet

The major population in Tibet is Buddhist followers. Buddhism believes have a strong influence on the followers in Tibet. Bon is another major religion after Buddhism which is a shamanic belief system in Tibet. However, Lhasa has few Islam and Catholicism, followers.  Tibet has certain famous religious spots and places such as Jokhang Temple and Sera Monastery. In the streets, you will see significant elements of Buddhist religion such as Mani stones, colorful prayer flags, and people maneuvering prayer wheels.

Entertainment in Tibet

Tibetans can hardly say no to entertainment, songs, and dance. In fact, Tibet is known a Sea of Dance and Songs. If you ever visit the area, you will enjoy their fabulous song and dance along with distinctive traditional entertainment activities like wrestling, tug-of-war, and archery.

In the spring season, after plowing of crops, they enjoy Guozhuang festival; a chance for all local to get together to sing and dance.  Just before autumn harvest, another charming Wangguo festival takes place here. The festival lasts for three to five days giving people an opportunity to wear their favorite clothing, make colorful prayer flags, sing, and dance, beat drums and walk around the fields. Horsing racing is another charming feature of this festival.

If you are planning to visit Tibet, you shouldn’t wait anymore. A lot of charm is waiting there for you. You will have the unique experience with Tibet residents who are extremely hospitable and warm to their guests. They offer a gift basket to their guest and make their time wonderful.


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