King Gesar is an epic from Tibet based on Tibetan folktales, legends, folk songs and proverbs. Representing the highestachievement of ancient Tibetan culture, it has been in circulationfor centuries. It is an encyclopedia-like masterpiece reflecting thehistory of the ancient Tibetan society. Compared with the world's other famous heroic epics, KingGesar has two outstanding characteristics. First, it has been passed down orally and musically from onegeneration to the next. Even today the epic is still widespreadamong the Tibetan people, espely among farmers andherdsmen. It is a "living" heroic epic and belongs to the Tibetancultural heritage. Second, it is the longest heroic epic in the world. It is animmense work, with more than 1 million verses, which would fill120-plus volumes if written down. The State of Ling generally refers to the ancient Tibetan-inhabited areas. In the light of its structural order, we selected thehigh spot of this epic to entertain readers at home and abroad. Wehope our readers, through reading King Gesar, will get to knowand love both this great epic and the Tibetan culture.