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Anybody ever been to Aksai Chin?

Been considering doing a piece on Aksai Chin, a disputed border region between China and India. Seems to have a peculiar history, an odd role in the politics of the region and a remarkable way of being, at turns, important to and forgotten by, those who have claimed it as their territory. It may also have one of the worst highways on Earth passing through it. Anyhow, discussing it with an editor, she said “Sounds like you’d have to be crazy to go there, do you know anybody who knows about it?” And of course I thought of all you folks. Ideas? Anecdotes? Stories? Advice?

by John Louis Lassen Perry at 2013-12-06 20:24:06 UTC | Bookmark | | Report spam→

The simple reason no outsiders/foreigners have been there, especially photographers is most likely because the Chinese don’t allow it. It was, last time I tried several years back, hard enough just to get into or around even in the parts of Tibet supposedly open to tourists never mind a disputed border region where even Tibetans are restricted from entering as I heard it. However, true masochists never say die, do they?

by Nigel Amies | 08 Dec 2013 18:12 | | Report spam→
I went through there long time ago hitchhiking from Ali (Tibet) to Kashgar (Xinjiang) with Uygher Truck drivers. Was possible (tricky to get through checkpoints) and crazy back then but should be pretty hard now (access). It is pretty much high altitude dessert, super beautiful but very empty except chinese outposts and some herders !

by Philipp Engelhorn | 09 Dec 2013 03:12 | Hong Kong, Hong Kong | | Report spam→

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John Louis Lassen Perry, Photoanthropologist John Louis Lassen Perry
Photoanthropologist
Jersey City , United States
Nigel Amies, Photographer/writer Nigel Amies
Photographer/writer
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Philipp Engelhorn, Freelance Photographer Philipp Engelhorn
Freelance Photographer
Hong Kong , Hong Kong


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