Contained by the Chinese on the outside, but with a powerful inner soul, Tibet is much bigger than  you probably think: larger than Texas and Alaska combined, a dozen times the size of all the other Buddhist kingdoms.  Smack dab between the Orient and Asia, its importance has never diminished throughout all of human history.  China restricts travel to just the capital city of Lhasa, but you'll still experience the palpable, enduring spirit of this ancient empire's independence.