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Tibet in Sichuan

Traveling the Tibetan plateau in Sichuan Province.

By Miguel Cano for
Tibet in Sichuan

Elderly Tibetan man, Regiaxiang, Baiyu County

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Tibetan Praying Wheel in Rangpang

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Young Tibetan Monk at the top of a mountain in Rangtang County

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Woman washing her clothes on the Se Qu River

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Sunrise in Zamtang

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Temple in Dhunkar Gonpa, Sertar County

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Tibetan women at a temple in Nikexiang

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Tibetan child attending a traditional prayer and dance ceremony, Sertar County

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Elderly Tibetan drinking butter tea

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Monks working on a Mandala in Dege

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Om mani padme hum — a Tibetan mantra carved on the rock of a mountain

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A temple in Baiyu County at an altitude of 6,000 meters

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Tibetan houses

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Tibetan woman, Hepoxian, Baiyu County

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A Sky Burial about to start in Litang

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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.