Girls of Yushu in pink, Tibet 2014
The town alone currently has a population of 37.000, and the street names are once again in Chinese.
Jyekundo (also called Yushu) is the modern town which developed from the old Tibetan trade mart called Jyekundo (skye dgu mdo, skye rgu mdo) in Tibetan and most Western sources.
The Tibetan designation skye dgu mdo indicates that it is a place where one valley opens into another one (mdo), here formed by two tributaries of the Jyegu river, Dza Chu (rdza chu) and Pel Chu (dpal chu). Since skye dgu also means men, mankind or all beings, the name could be interpreted as the ‘dwelling place of men at a valley junction’.