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Hey little boy, Tashi Delek, Tibet | by reurinkjan
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Hey little boy, Tashi Delek, Tibet

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Mato is an high altitude town(4,300 m) ,where snow is not uncommon in summertime. The open air market has an interesting selection of nomadic produce and Golok-style clothing. The town itself is small, but its bus station and market are important for the locals. It is the capital of Mato county.


Amdo (northeast Tibet) has huge rolling grasslands giving way to high mountain ranges and is home to many nomads. While Amdo is not as high as Changtang, winter is still long and cold. With an average elevation of over 3400m and sitting in the most northern region of Tibet, winter can come early. Freezing temperatures are common by mid-Septemeber. Amdo also gets more snow than most regions of Tibet. If you have ever seen a picture of Tibetan nomads in snow, chances are it was taken in Amdo. Winter temperatures can easily get to -20C (-4F) and the high areas of Golok Tibet Autonomous Prefecture can get to -30C. Summers are short, but pleasant in Amdo with temperatures getting up to 24C (75F) by mid-July (nights are still cold though).

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Taken on September 7, 2010