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Tibet in Sichuan

 
 

Independent journalist Miguel Cano recently spent a month walking in the most remote, ethnically Tibetan areas of the Tibetan plateau in Sichuan Province, sleeping in monasteries, and talking to locals, monks, Tibetan activists and Chinese (Han) citizens and officials.

Although foreign visitors can ostensibly travel freely within Tibet, in reality Cano was regularly detained by Chinese police, sometimes for several hours while an English-speaking officer was fetched to ask basic questions and impress upon him their concern for his welfare.

Yet despite the heavy official presence, Cano still found much to remind the visitor of the region’s Tibetan history.

Tibet in Sichuan
Elderly Tibetan man, Regiaxiang, Baiyu County
Image Credit: Miguel Cano
Tibet in Sichuan
Tibetan Praying Wheel in Rangpang
Image Credit: Miguel Cano
Tibet in Sichuan
Young Tibetan Monk at the top of a mountain in Rangtang County
Image Credit: Miguel Cano
Tibet in Sichuan
Woman washing her clothes on the Se Qu River
Image Credit: Miguel Cano
Tibet in Sichuan
Sunrise in Zamtang
Image Credit: Miguel Cano
Tibet in Sichuan
Temple in Dhunkar Gonpa, Sertar County
Image Credit: Miguel Cano
Tibet in Sichuan
Tibetan women at a temple in Nikexiang
Image Credit: Miguel Cano
Tibet in Sichuan
Tibetan child attending a traditional prayer and dance ceremony, Sertar County
Image Credit: Miguel Cano
Tibet in Sichuan
Elderly Tibetan drinking butter tea
Image Credit: Miguel Cano
Tibet in Sichuan
Monks working on a Mandala in Dege
Image Credit: Miguel Cano
Tibet in Sichuan
Om mani padme hum -- a Tibetan mantra carved on the rock of a mountain
Image Credit: Miguel Cano
Tibet in Sichuan
A temple in Baiyu County at an altitude of 6,000 meters
Image Credit: Miguel Cano
Tibet in Sichuan
Tibetan houses
Image Credit: Miguel Cano
Tibet in Sichuan
Tibetan woman, Hepoxian, Baiyu County
Image Credit: Miguel Cano
Tibet in Sichuan
A Sky Burial about to start in Litang
Image Credit: Miguel Cano
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