62: The traditional Tibetan region of Amdo is located on the northeast corner of the Tibetan Plateau in China. Though most of Amdo lies in modern day Qinghai province, large regions also are located in southwestern Gansu and northern Sichuan provinces. Roughly 1.6 million Tibetans live in Amdo which accounts for over 25% of the total Tibetan population. Amdo is famous for producing some of Tibet's most famous spiritual leaders including Tsongkhapa and the late 10th Panchen Lama. While historically, culturally, and ethnically a Tibetan area, Amdo has been administered by a series of local rulers since the mid-18th century and the Dalai Lamas | have not governed the area directly since that time. From 1917 to 1928, much of Amdo was occupied intermittently by the Hui Muslim warlords of the Ma Clique. In 1928, the Ma Clique joined the Kuomintang, and during the period from 1928 to 1949, much of Amdo was gradually assimilated into the Qinghai province (and part of Gansu province) of the Kuomintang Republic of China. By 1952, Chinese Communist forces had defeated both the Kuomintang Chinese and the local Tibetans and had assumed control of the region, solidifying their hold on the area by 1958 and formally spelling the end of the political existence of Amdo as a distinct Tibetan province. | AMDO | The trip was made in June 2012 from Xining to Chengdu via Kumbum Monastery, Repkong (Tongren), Labrang (Xiahe), Taktsang Lhamo (Langmusi), Ruo'ergai (Zoige), Tangke (Tangkor), Songpan.
63: All photographs taken by Yuri Tyunyagin email: email@example.com 2012