National Geographic : 2008 May
FLASHBACK Leaving Lhasa His palanquin carried on the shoulders of the faithful (left), the 15-year-old Dalai Lama fled Tibet's capital as the Chinese army advanced in 1950. "Pious Tibetans hurried from far-off settlements to see him, for being in his presence gave incomparable blessing," wrote Heinrich Harrer, who served as the young leader's tutor and reported on his experience in the July 1955 Geographic. "They lined the entire trail from Lhasa to Chumbi Valley, 200 miles southwest, with parallel rows of pebbles to protect their harried King from evil spirits." The Dalai Lama was able to return to Lhasa the next year. He escaped again, to exile in India, after a failed Tibetan uprising against Chinese rule in 1959-and has never been back. -Margaret G.Zackowitz R Look Into Our Archive See more National Geographic coverage of Tibet at ngm.com. PHOTO:HEINRICHHARRER NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC(ISSN 0027-9358) ISPUBLISHEDMONTHLYBY THENATIONALGEOGRAPHICSOCIETY,1145 17THST.NW,WASHINGTON,DC20036-4688.$34.00 A YEARFORU.S, DELIVERY,$6.00 PER SINGLECOPY (INCLUDESPOSTAGEAND HANDLING).IN CANADA,AGREEMENTNUMBER40063649,RETURNUNDELIVERABLECANADIANADDRESSESTO NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC,PO BOX 4412 STN.A, TORONTO,ONTARIOM5W 3W2. UNITEDKINGDOMNEWSSTANDCOVERPRICE£3.95. PERIODICALSPOSTAGEPAIDAT WASHINGTON,DC, AND AT ADDITIONALMAILINGOFFICES.POSTMASTER:SENDADDRESSCHANGESTO NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC,PO BOX 63002,TAMPA,FL33663-3002 MEMBERS:IF THEPOSTALSERVICEALERTS USTHATYOUR MAGAZINEIS UNDELIVERABLE,WE HAVENO FURTHEROBLIGATIONUNLESSWE RECEIVEA CORRECTEDADDRESSWITHINTWO YEARS.