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Tourists in Tibetan attire take photos during a visit to Dukezong Ancient Town in Shangri-La, Yunnan province, in March. [PHOTO by LIU ZHE/CHINA DAILY]

With the peak tourist season getting underway in the Tibet autonomous region, a trend has arisen among visitors to be photographed at some of the major tourist spots while wearing traditional attire.

In the Potala Palace Square and along the ancient Barkhor Street in Lhasa, Tibet”s capital, tourists can be seen everywhere, having photos taken while wearing gorgeous Tibetan clothes. They regard such activities as a way of experiencing the unique local culture.

While the tourists enjoy the beauty brought by dressing in local clothing in some of Lhasa’s busiest streets, the trend has produced new types of beautiful scenes in the city.

Luo Bibo, who runs Drolma Image, a photo studio near Barkhor Street, said many hostels and photo studios in Lhasa now offer services related to such photos, but it has only become a hot activity in recent years.

“Traditional Tibetan attire is widely used by such photography services in Lhasa, but some operators have produced innovative designs in new styles, colors and aesthetic choices to meet the tourists’ needs,” Luo said.

Around 2019, some female tourists posted social media photos of themselves wearing Tibetan dress, prompting many other visitors to follow suit while touring the plateau city, he said.

A visitor has her photo taken in traditional dress in Dukezong Ancient Town in Shangri-La in March. [PHOTO by LIU ZHE/CHINA DAILY]

Luo said that his was one of only two studios offering such services for visitors at the time, but now there are between 80 and 100 such outfits around Barkhor Street.

His studio now employs about 10 staff members, and it offers services such as providing clothing and makeup, along with taking

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