The Tibetan provinces of Amdo and Kham are the subject of my first multimedia project in a long while. Amdo and Kham are beautiful regions of the world that I’ve been lucky enough to visit twice recently…
Most westerners think of Tibet as being only what is today called the Tibet Autonomous Region (Xizang) in modern China. But what they don’t know is that this is only one third of the historical Tibetan Kingdom. Split off from modern day “Tibet” are the Tibetan Kham and Amdo provinces, now found in the Chinese Yunnan, Sichuan, Qinghai and Gansu provinces.
What is surprising though, is that these areas have become much better places to see Tibetan culture than Lhasa or many other places in Xizang. With both Chinese and Westerners’ attention focused on Lhasa, these areas are much less traveled and have far fewer travel restrictions than Xizang. That gives the Tibetans found there an sense of ease in their day to day lives and makes it a great place to explore.
If you’re interested in learning more or even visiting the region, have a look at my more in depth series of blog posts on the Kham and Amdo Provinces.