Photos from the tibetan regions Kham et Amdo
(West Sichuan, North Yunnan, Gansu)

Kham and Amdo are the two of the three traditional states of Tibet, the last one being ▄-Tsang, which more or less corresponds to today's administrative province of Tibet. Both regions have kept very strong traditions : there are many monasteries, stupas and prayer flags, and most of the local dress in the traditional tibetan way. Buddha's birthday is celebrated with important ceremonies, which chinese people also attend. Travelling in the region is tough : there are few buses, rough roads and frequent breakdowns. Visitors will notice the arrogant attitude of the chinese police, and their tense relation with the locals.

tibetan dance

in Kangding (Sichuan) :
sacred dances of the monks on the occasion of Buddha's birthday
More celebrations from other countries


tibetan music kangding china sichuan

in Kangding (Sichuan) : tibetan horns


xiangsheng tibet

the village of Xiangsheng


tibetan plateau

On the road between Xiangsheng and Litang (over 4000m)


tibetan lake

in Amdo Province (see more reflections photos)


prayer flags

Prayer flags (Zhongdian, Yunnan Province)


zhongdian tibetan temple

Inside a temple in Zhongdian



The natural limestone pools of Bai Shui Tai (White Water Village)
(you can also find such calcerous cascades at Pamukkale, Turkey)


tibet traditional dress

Tibetan ladies (Western Sichuan)


amdo province

Monastery in the grasslands (at the limit between Gansu and Sichuan Provinces, near Langmusi)


Stupas (near the monastery on the photo just above)


tibetan prayer wheels

Prayer wheels around the monastery at Langmusi


tibetan monks

Xiahe : meeting of tibetan monks


The Tibetan regions were part of the 2000-2001 trip

story : Kicked of the bus in the mountains
read about this part of my trip
banknotes / billets de banque
anecdote : Virés du bus en pleine montagne
lire sur cette partie du voyage


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