Kham then and now. A photoblog showing how eastern Tibet looked in the 1920s and how the same places and people look now. Based on the explorations of botanist Joseph Rock.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
A sample of Joseph Rock's diary ...
This bit covers his epic traverse of the Yalung river canyon, which he here estimates to be 9,000 feet in depth and five miles wide - as big if not bogger than the Grand canyon of the US. My favourite line:
"The scenery here is overwhelmingly grand and probably the like is not found elsewhere in the world."
Source: Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh, photocopy.
Dr Joseph Rock was an Austrian-born American botanist who explored the Tibetan borderlands of Sichuan and Yunnan ins the 1920s and 30s. This is a blog of my travels to revisit the amazing places he described in the National Geographic magazine.