China Travel Photo of the Day: Tibetan nomad living

Culture, Travel | by Aimee Groom
Posted: September 1st, 2010 | Updated: September 1st, 2010 | Comments
inside tibetan nomad tent A sneak peek into the life of a Tibetan nomad shows few belongings and a simple home—just a few blankets, rugs and cooking pots. Made from hand-woven yak wool, you can just about see the sky through the hand spun yarn. The hole in the roof lets the smoke out and the sunshine in. Outside, streams of colorful prayer flags seem to genuflect in the air, describing a gentle breeze. The traditional yak wool tents and nomad culture they originate from are fast-disappearing as more and more Tibetans are relocated away from grasslands to new, city homes with more solid foundations. Of those that remain, the most abundant numbers are found in the northern areas of Nagchu and Ngari prefectures in Tibet, Yushu prefecture in southern Qinghai and northern Ganzi prefecture in Sichuan. The image shown here comes from a cool little website I just came across called Visual Geography. It's run by a couple of travel/photography enthusiasts, Boris Kester and Nana Bjørnlund who have been just about everywhere in the world, and got a whole stash of photos and stories to show for it. Boris has another site, Travel Adventures, where he documents all his experiences and over the years, he's had requests from students and teachers wanting to use his pictures for educational purposes and so, the idea of Visual Geography was born. Bringing together a visual summary of countries around the world, each is broken down into climate, people, games, housing, transportation etc. There's also a nifty little tool that let's you compare stats between countries. If you were interested, say, in comparing the size of China and Azerbaijan (China is 110.8 times bigger and has 165 times more inhabitants by the way), this site will help you do it. I'm not sure why this is useful to know, but I'm sure somewhere, to someone, it is.
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