Dragons have been part of Far Eastern culture for at least 7,000 years. Dragons have long symbolized power, creativity, heaven, and good fortune. They are thought to have authority over bodies of water, rain, floods and storms. In time, Chinese Buddhist artists adopted the dragon as a symbol of enlightenment.
The two volumes (Chinese Edition) reveal the basic features and main characteristics of the Tibetan Buddhism in Qing dynasty from the aspects of the fundamental venation of its fiction development, the mysterious immortal world inside the royal temple and its symbolism structure, as well as the real situation, the artistic style and representatives of the paintings and statues of the Tibetan Buddhism represented by the Qianlong period. It is a masterpiece of the research on the palace history in Qing dynasty in recent years.
Tibet’s Bhutan is called Druk Yul, “the Land of the Thunder Dragon,” by the people living in Bhutan.
Tibet, a vast area of plains, mountains and gorges, is being explored fully by naturalists. Tropical heat and Arctic cold are telescoped into a span of little more than 40 miles in Bhutan. The entire region boasts a richness and variety of plants and wildlife that are perhaps unequaled in the world. Botanists have estimated that at least 6,500 species of flowering plants grow in Nepal alone.
The flag of Bhutan is based upon the tradition of the Drukpa Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism and features Druk, the Thunder Dragon.
The Pallas Cat
One can only wonder at what awaits discovery in the forest clad hills of Bhutan.
A new order of fossils from the Miocene of Nepal includes a hominoid was discovered in Nepal in the early 1970s. In 2014, the Pallas’ cat was photographed in Nepal. This well-furred cats from the cold Asian steppes, Pallas’s Cats Otocolobus manul are also called Manul, Steppe Cat or Rock Wildcat.
These small cats have a stocky body with thick, soft fur and an abundant dark, woolly underfur which is double the length of that on the rest of the body. The color varies from a light grey to a yellowish buff and russet, with the white tips of the hair producing a frosted appearance. There are some faint stripes along the sides of the body (more visible on the summer coat), and the fur on the underside is darker and longer than that above. Their head is round and broad with scattered black spots on the forehead, and two distinct parallel black bars on each cheek. The large, owl-like eyes are yellow, and the pupils contract into small circles instead of the usual vertical slits. The ears are short, rounded, and set low on the sides of the head. They are buff on the backs. The legs are short and stout, and the tail is thickly furred with a broad terminal black band, and five to six narrow rings along it.