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Tibet's thangka paintings find new fans all over China

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Now, there are more than 100 apprentices - including some Han Chinese, the country's overwhelming ethnic majority - at Danba Raodan school.

Beijing

HER eyes riveted to the canvas, Wulan meticulously applies colour to an image of the Buddha, using pigments made of crushed pearls, turquoise and agate.

The 34-year-old is one of dozens of students at a school in Lhasa learning the medieval Tibetan art of thangka - minutely