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.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Heading down to Buchu valley from Yulongxi Pass
Gongga Shan is hidden in all that cloud. This was the best view we got - and the weather was closing in very quickly. Within half an hour we'd descended into that white mist and didn't see the sky again for four days!
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.