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A smiling Tibetan lady seen at Barkhor Square in Lhasa, capital of Tibet, in the autumn of 1986.

Barkhor is the name of the district immediately surrounding the famous Jokhang Temple of Lhasa. the spiritual centre of Lamaism, the Tibetan variety of Buddhism. The large square in front of the temple is a popular meeting-place for the locals during the long Tibetan evenings (Tibet in on Beijing time so in the summers the sun doesn't set until late). People come here to mingle, to see and be seen, buy some snacks and enjoy the closeness of their holiest temple.

During the week I spent in Lhasa in 1986 I used to spend the evenings among the friendly crowds at Barkhor Square, enjoying the atmosphere and taking pictures. Tibetans are among the nicest people I have ever met and most people I approached with my camera were all smiles.

More Tibetan smiles can be seen in a workshop. Both pictures were scanned from Kodachrome slides.

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