Situated on the Tibetan plateau north of the Himalayas in
Qinghai Province, Nangchen is home to an estimated 60,000 subsistence farmers and nomadic
The way of life for most of these Tibetan inhabitants has changed little in over 2,000 years. Although life in Nangchen may seem picturesque and undisturbed by modern commercial interests, for most people it is also a life of struggle and poverty. The entire district of Nangchen, spanning 6,500 square miles, has only one town with both running water and electricity. Unusually harsh winters in recent years have resulted in severe hardship and loss of livelihood for thousands of people.