Research and Scholary credit: 1) My Journey to Lhasa: The Classic Story of the Only Western Woman Who Succeeded in Entering the Forbidden City, by Alexandra David-Neel 2) Adventure Journal’s article, Alexandra David Neel Frases, MAY 10, 2022 BY KAMILA.
The scholar and opera singer who sneaked into Tibet in the 1920s was also an anarchist, ran a casino and adopted a Buddhist monk. Alexandra David-Néel: The first European woman to see Lhasa, The capital of Tibet.
Undoubtedly most famous for being the first European woman to visit Lhasa in Tibet, Alexandra David-Néel was also a runaway, an anarchist, an opera singer, a Buddhist scholar, a pioneering traveller and a prolific author.
Her extraordinary life lasted more than a century. One of her earliest memories was the bloody aftermath of the Paris Commune in 1871;
She helped run a casino in Tunis, sang at the Hanoi opera house and studied Buddhist texts at the British Museum
In middle age, she married a wealthy Frenchman, Philippe Néel de Saint-Sauveur, whom she promptly abandoned to spend 14 years travelling around India, Tibet, China, Nepal, Korea, Mongolia and Japan.