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<p>A Tibetan pilgrim walks on the square opposite to the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region, November 24, 2009. Light Chinese security presence could be felt at the Tibetan capital of Lhasa as pilgrims' practice their religious rituals and shops open for buyers. REUTERS/Nir Elias </p>

A Tibetan pilgrim walks on the square opposite to the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region, November 24, 2009. Light Chinese security presence could be felt at the Tibetan capital of Lhasa as pilgrims' practice their religious rituals and...more

A Tibetan pilgrim walks on the square opposite to the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region, November 24, 2009. Light Chinese security presence could be felt at the Tibetan capital of Lhasa as pilgrims' practice their religious rituals and shops open for buyers. REUTERS/Nir Elias

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<p>Tibetan pilgrims share a laugh as they rest during a religious ritual outside a temple in Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region November 23, 2009. Light Chinese security presence could be felt at the Tibetan capital of Lhasa as pilgrims' practice their religious rituals and shops open for buyers. REUTERS/Nir Elias </p>

Tibetan pilgrims share a laugh as they rest during a religious ritual outside a temple in Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region November 23, 2009. Light Chinese security presence could be felt at the Tibetan capital of Lhasa as pilgrims' practice their...more

Tibetan pilgrims share a laugh as they rest during a religious ritual outside a temple in Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region November 23, 2009. Light Chinese security presence could be felt at the Tibetan capital of Lhasa as pilgrims' practice their religious rituals and shops open for buyers. REUTERS/Nir Elias

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<p>Young Tibetans play in a snooker shop in the centre of Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region November 24, 2009.  REUTERS/Nir Elias </p>

Young Tibetans play in a snooker shop in the centre of Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region November 24, 2009. REUTERS/Nir Elias

Young Tibetans play in a snooker shop in the centre of Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region November 24, 2009. REUTERS/Nir Elias

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<p>A Tibetan pilgrim spins his praying wheel as he stops to pray on the road from Shigatse to Tsedang Tibet Autonomous Region November 26, 2009. REUTERS/Nir Elias </p>

A Tibetan pilgrim spins his praying wheel as he stops to pray on the road from Shigatse to Tsedang Tibet Autonomous Region November 26, 2009. REUTERS/Nir Elias

A Tibetan pilgrim spins his praying wheel as he stops to pray on the road from Shigatse to Tsedang Tibet Autonomous Region November 26, 2009. REUTERS/Nir Elias

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<p>A Tibetan monk waits for the beginning of a religious debate session with other monks inside Jokhang temple in Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region November 24, 2009. REUTERS/Nir Elias </p>

A Tibetan monk waits for the beginning of a religious debate session with other monks inside Jokhang temple in Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region November 24, 2009. REUTERS/Nir Elias

A Tibetan monk waits for the beginning of a religious debate session with other monks inside Jokhang temple in Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region November 24, 2009. REUTERS/Nir Elias

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<p>Tse Ring, 8 year old, a pilgrim from Shigatse area who is on the road for over three months with his extended family, poses for a photo as he rests at the side of the road near Tsedang, Tibet Autonomous Region November 26, 2009. REUTERS/Nir Elias </p>

Tse Ring, 8 year old, a pilgrim from Shigatse area who is on the road for over three months with his extended family, poses for a photo as he rests at the side of the road near Tsedang, Tibet Autonomous Region November 26, 2009. REUTERS/Nir Elias more

Tse Ring, 8 year old, a pilgrim from Shigatse area who is on the road for over three months with his extended family, poses for a photo as he rests at the side of the road near Tsedang, Tibet Autonomous Region November 26, 2009. REUTERS/Nir Elias

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<p>A Tibetan monk gestures as he engages in a religious debate inside Jokhang temple in Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region November 24, 2009.  REUTERS/Nir Elias </p>

A Tibetan monk gestures as he engages in a religious debate inside Jokhang temple in Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region November 24, 2009. REUTERS/Nir Elias

A Tibetan monk gestures as he engages in a religious debate inside Jokhang temple in Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region November 24, 2009. REUTERS/Nir Elias

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<p>A Tibetan woman walks home with her donkey as she transports straw, on a road leading to Tsedang some 120 km (75 miles) west of the Lhasa Tibet Autonomous Region November 26, 2009. REUTERS/Nir Elias </p>

A Tibetan woman walks home with her donkey as she transports straw, on a road leading to Tsedang some 120 km (75 miles) west of the Lhasa Tibet Autonomous Region November 26, 2009. REUTERS/Nir Elias

A Tibetan woman walks home with her donkey as she transports straw, on a road leading to Tsedang some 120 km (75 miles) west of the Lhasa Tibet Autonomous Region November 26, 2009. REUTERS/Nir Elias

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<p>A Tibetan monk from the Qinghai province poses for a photograph at a photography point by the Kharola glacier some 200km (125 miles) west to Lhasa Tibet Autonomous Region November 25, 2009. Nearly 2 billion people in Asia, from coastal city dwellers to yak-herding nomads, will begin suffering water shortages in coming decades as global warming shrinks glaciers on the Tibetan Plateau, experts said. REUTERS/Nir Elias </p>

A Tibetan monk from the Qinghai province poses for a photograph at a photography point by the Kharola glacier some 200km (125 miles) west to Lhasa Tibet Autonomous Region November 25, 2009. Nearly 2 billion people in Asia, from coastal city dwellers...more

A Tibetan monk from the Qinghai province poses for a photograph at a photography point by the Kharola glacier some 200km (125 miles) west to Lhasa Tibet Autonomous Region November 25, 2009. Nearly 2 billion people in Asia, from coastal city dwellers to yak-herding nomads, will begin suffering water shortages in coming decades as global warming shrinks glaciers on the Tibetan Plateau, experts said. REUTERS/Nir Elias

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<p>A horse eats out of a basketball strapped to it, near the Yumbu temple at the outskirts of Tsedang Tibet Autonomous Region November 26, 2009. REUTERS/Nir Elias </p>

A horse eats out of a basketball strapped to it, near the Yumbu temple at the outskirts of Tsedang Tibet Autonomous Region November 26, 2009. REUTERS/Nir Elias

A horse eats out of a basketball strapped to it, near the Yumbu temple at the outskirts of Tsedang Tibet Autonomous Region November 26, 2009. REUTERS/Nir Elias

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<p>Tibetan horsemen drink tea as they have a break on the road from delivering goods on horse carts from Shigatse to Tsedang in Tibet Autonomous Region November 26, 2009. REUTERS/Nir Elias </p>

Tibetan horsemen drink tea as they have a break on the road from delivering goods on horse carts from Shigatse to Tsedang in Tibet Autonomous Region November 26, 2009. REUTERS/Nir Elias

Tibetan horsemen drink tea as they have a break on the road from delivering goods on horse carts from Shigatse to Tsedang in Tibet Autonomous Region November 26, 2009. REUTERS/Nir Elias

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<p>A Tibetan man carries drinking water to his home in Shima village some 110km (68 miles) west to Lhasa Tibet Autonomous Region November 25, 2009.  REUTERS/Nir Elias </p>

A Tibetan man carries drinking water to his home in Shima village some 110km (68 miles) west to Lhasa Tibet Autonomous Region November 25, 2009. REUTERS/Nir Elias

A Tibetan man carries drinking water to his home in Shima village some 110km (68 miles) west to Lhasa Tibet Autonomous Region November 25, 2009. REUTERS/Nir Elias

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<p>Chinese security personnel patrol a street near a temple in Lhasa as Tibetan pilgrims carry out their ritual religious walk next to them in Tibet Autonomous Region November 23, 2009. Light Chinese security presence could be felt at the Tibetan capital of Lhasa as pilgrims' practice their religious rituals and shops open for buyers. REUTERS/Nir Elias </p>

Chinese security personnel patrol a street near a temple in Lhasa as Tibetan pilgrims carry out their ritual religious walk next to them in Tibet Autonomous Region November 23, 2009. Light Chinese security presence could be felt at the Tibetan...more

Chinese security personnel patrol a street near a temple in Lhasa as Tibetan pilgrims carry out their ritual religious walk next to them in Tibet Autonomous Region November 23, 2009. Light Chinese security presence could be felt at the Tibetan capital of Lhasa as pilgrims' practice their religious rituals and shops open for buyers. REUTERS/Nir Elias

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<p>A young Tibetan monk takes part in a religious gathering inside the Tashihunpu monastery at Shigatse Tibet Autonomous Region November 25, 2009. REUTERS/Nir Elias </p>

A young Tibetan monk takes part in a religious gathering inside the Tashihunpu monastery at Shigatse Tibet Autonomous Region November 25, 2009. REUTERS/Nir Elias

A young Tibetan monk takes part in a religious gathering inside the Tashihunpu monastery at Shigatse Tibet Autonomous Region November 25, 2009. REUTERS/Nir Elias

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<p>Tibetan monks engage in a religious debate inside Jokhang temple in Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region November 24, 2009.  REUTERS/Nir Elias </p>

Tibetan monks engage in a religious debate inside Jokhang temple in Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region November 24, 2009. REUTERS/Nir Elias

Tibetan monks engage in a religious debate inside Jokhang temple in Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region November 24, 2009. REUTERS/Nir Elias

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<p>A Tibetan man stands besides a solar energy heating system outside his house in Shima village some 110km (68 miles) west to Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region November 25, 2009.  REUTERS/Nir Elias </p>

A Tibetan man stands besides a solar energy heating system outside his house in Shima village some 110km (68 miles) west to Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region November 25, 2009. REUTERS/Nir Elias

A Tibetan man stands besides a solar energy heating system outside his house in Shima village some 110km (68 miles) west to Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region November 25, 2009. REUTERS/Nir Elias

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<p>Tibetans sit atop sacks full of straw as they travel on the road from Shigatse to Tsedang, Tibet Autonomous Region November 26, 2009. REUTERS/Nir Elias </p>

Tibetans sit atop sacks full of straw as they travel on the road from Shigatse to Tsedang, Tibet Autonomous Region November 26, 2009. REUTERS/Nir Elias

Tibetans sit atop sacks full of straw as they travel on the road from Shigatse to Tsedang, Tibet Autonomous Region November 26, 2009. REUTERS/Nir Elias

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<p>A road sign is seen in front of the Kharola glacier some 200km (125 miles), west of Lhasa Tibet Autonomous Region November 25, 2009.   REUTERS/Nir Elias </p>

A road sign is seen in front of the Kharola glacier some 200km (125 miles), west of Lhasa Tibet Autonomous Region November 25, 2009. REUTERS/Nir Elias

A road sign is seen in front of the Kharola glacier some 200km (125 miles), west of Lhasa Tibet Autonomous Region November 25, 2009. REUTERS/Nir Elias

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<p>Tibetan monks walk to a religious gathering inside the Tashihunpu monastery at the Shigatse Tibet Autonomous Region November 25, 2009. REUTERS/Nir Elias</p>

Tibetan monks walk to a religious gathering inside the Tashihunpu monastery at the Shigatse Tibet Autonomous Region November 25, 2009. REUTERS/Nir Elias

Tibetan monks walk to a religious gathering inside the Tashihunpu monastery at the Shigatse Tibet Autonomous Region November 25, 2009. REUTERS/Nir Elias

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