Tibet is located in the southwestern region of China, bordering India, Nepal, Bhutan and the region of Kashmir. It's unfortunate location has put Tibet in the center of Indian and Chinese land disputes and rising tensions between the two armies lining their borders
Demographically Tibet is almost entirely independent from China, the people speak different languages including Hindi, Nepalese, and Tibetan in contrast to the Mandarin and Cantonese that are spoken in mainland China, the base of there economy also differs from China as well as the primary religion Tibetan Buddhism, a sect of Buddhism that developed at the same time as Han and southern Buddhism in China.
Assside from its political influence and turmoil the principles of daoism have also rooted themselves very strongly in the region of Tibet. Tibet being a region that's primary religion was animism prior to the spread of Buddhism the environmentalist beliefs inside of daoism agreed with the already popular rituals and practices.
This Flag became a symbol of the Tibetan Nationalist movement and a fight for their independence
It features a sun rising over mountains and two snow leopards (animals unique to the Tibetan and Nepalese region) which is why it is called the snow leopard flag. It was adopted by the 13th Dalai llama in 1916 and because of its significance to the Tibetan people and a symbol of their independence it was banned by the Chinese government in 1959
Throughout history China has attempted to suppress any feelings of independence or nationalism that Tibetans may feel in order to preserve the country's Imperealist ways and firm reputation. But in recent events what was labeled by the government as "stability maintainence" or "anti-splitism" have become an example of China's authoritarian and in-humane methods of controlling its people. They have done this by attacking media sources and any institutions that make the Tibetan region different from China.
Perhaps the most brutal and upsetting actions China has taken to stop the assimilation of Tibetan culture was a recent attack on Larung Gar, a Tibetan Buddhist Sancturary that was home to over 20,000 monks, nuns, and devout followers of the religion.
"China's determination to suppress the religious life and culture of Tibetans has taken a brutal turn at Larung Gar, the world's largest Buddhist institute, where demolition workers have been tearing apart the community's hand-built monastic dwellings. The campaign is another blot on China's human rights record." From: (More punishment for Tibetan Buddhist)
China has taken control over Tibet in a controversial and authoritarian manner that is in-humane in the eyes of Tibetans and most the western world. The suppression of Tibetan culture and constant civil unrest has created a situation comparable to that of a war zone like Syria or a Dictatorship like North Korea. According to the Freedom in The World 2017 report, "Tibet was ranked as the second worst country/territory for overall freedom, with only Syria ranked worse. Tibet received maximum ratings for the lack of political rights, civil liberties and freedom. Other countries considered "worst of the worst" by Freedom House, but below Tibet, include Eritrea, North Korea, Turkmenistan, South Sudan and Somalia."