'The Tibetans' lavish use of gold to embellish their lamasery rooftops, as well as the great hoards of gold bullion believed to be stored in the lamasery treasuries, has long been a source of speculation for a gold-hungry world and almost every mountain river has gold-bearing sands.'
Source of Descriptive Information
Forman, H. (1948). Changing China. New York: Crown.