You want rare earth from China? Here's a hard-to-get-to and hardly touched spot on the globe. In Tibet, to be precise. Rare and beautiful....
Anyway, traveler and photography enthusiast Zhou Yu was recently in eastern Tibet and took a liking to the small mountain town of Ranwu (Rawok) and the lake that gives the town its name, Lake Ranwu (Rawok-tso). Not far from Tibet's borders with Myanmar and Yunnan, Ranwu is hardly known to tourists, though it's gaining a reputation among China's growing ranks of avid nature photographers for its relatively unspoiled alpine vistas. With no major traffic or businesses beyond logging to speak of, Ranwu also ranks high among in-the-known travelers for its pleasant people. As Zhou Yu's friend Ally Liu writes, "The local people there are really friendly. You just walk in their house and eat with them, share the flavory milk and local food."
The nearest large town is Basu Town, which administers Basu County, a large area that includes Ranwu. Nyingtri, some 200 km (120 miles) to the west via high mountain roads is a good base of operations for further explorations of southeastern Tibet.
Thanks, Zhou Yu and Ally!