I'm now in the process of writing up my chapter on Choni and Radja monasteries, comparing what I saw and experienced with Joseph Rock's account of his 1925-26 expedition as described in "Seeking the Mountains of Mystery" in the National Geographic (Feb 1930). It took him four years between visit and write up - I hope to be a little more timely than that.
Dr Joseph Rock was an Austrian-born American botanist, anthropologist and explorer. He lived in South West China from the 1920s to 1949. During that time he went on many expeditions to remote parts of the Tibetan borderlands, collecting plants, taking photographs and collating maps. He described his trips in several articles in the National Geographic journal. After reading his articles, I was inspired to revisit places he described in Sichuan and Yunnan such as Muli, Yading, Deqin and Gongga Shan. This blog describes my travels and compares Rock's pictures with ones I have taken in the same places.