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Jyekundo faces | China | Asia

[Visited: April 2007]

After a long drive from the colourful village of Mato in the north, and after passing through beautiful, desolate landscapes, over high mountain passes, and countryside full of nomads in their black yak hair tents while only sporadically seeing settlements, I arrived in Jyekundo, or Yushu in Chinese. The change was big: suddenly I was staring at new, highrise apartment blocks, flashy shops, and steel-and-glass buildings you could see in so many other places. I saw cranes working on yet newer buildings where old ones were demolished.

Picture of Jyekundo faces (China): Tibetan with golden teeth posing for the camera

First impressions are not always reliable, though. Soon after going for a walk in the streets, I noticed always more Tibetans. All the way down here I had not seen as high a concentration of Chinese people as here, but there certainly were many Tibetans, too. And they looked different from the ones I had seen so far. Most of them looked less rough, less countryside-like, and more elegant. I quite soon fell in love with them - and realized they looked gorgeous. Fortunately, I also discovered they were very willing to be pictured, and often asking for it.

Picture of Jyekundo faces (China): Striking woman showing her hat, colourful clothes, jewellery and friendly smile

There were the schoolkids, always curious about the foreigner, about the camera. But also other people were open to some difficult small talk with someone who did not speak their language. Some were surprised and turned shy when I tried to convince them that they were beautiful. They were very pleased to see the result immediately on the display of my camera. When, after four days, I left Jyekundo and was still in love with them, I stopped just outside the town and found a family with a particularly photogenic girl. I would wish to be able to give them a copy of the pictures - still now, while looking at them, I remember them with fond memories.

Picture of Jyekundo faces (China): Old Tibetan in one of the backstreets of Jyekundo
Picture of Jyekundo faces (China): Excited sister and brother
Picture of Jyekundo faces (China): Excited Tibetan girl sticking out her tongue to the photographer
Picture of Jyekundo faces (China): Tibetan woman with typical hair decoration in Jyekundo
Picture of Jyekundo faces (China): Old Tibetan man in Jyekundo
Picture of Jyekundo faces (China): Tibetan woman with traditional hood and typical golden teeth
Picture of Jyekundo faces (China): Enthousiastically posing for the camera: a striking face in the streets of Jyekundo
Picture of Jyekundo faces (China): Monks in bus to Trangu monastery in the streets of Jyekundo
Picture of Jyekundo faces (China): Remarkable faces of Tibetans in Jyekundo
Picture of Jyekundo faces (China): Typical hair decoration for Tibetan woman
Picture of Jyekundo faces (China): Very old Tibetan women in Jyekundo
Picture of Jyekundo faces (China): Faces of Jyekundo schoolkids
Picture of Jyekundo faces (China): Schoolboys in Jyekundo

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