Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Nepal’s Mustang region: China Finds the Lost Kingdom | The Diplomat

China Finds the Lost Kingdom | The Diplomat
Some of the last vestiges of traditional Tibetan culture are under threat as Nepal’s Mustang region opens to the world.
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One of the most isolated regions in Asia, Mustang lies in the north of Nepal, nestled between the Chinese border on the Tibetan plateau and the Nepalese provinces of Dolop and Manang on the other. For centuries, this land has been closely linked by language and culture to Tibet. Indeed, many believe that Tibetan culture, region and traditions are at their most unadulterated here.
Protected by forbidding mountains, Mustang was once an independent kingdom that controlled trade between the Himalayas and the plains of India. Known as the lost kingdom, Mustang is slowly beginning to feel the influence of the outside world, most notably China. For Beijing, Mustang has strategic importance, enabling it to not only exert influence in Nepal and block fleeing Tibetans, but also to reopen ancient trade routes that lead to the borders of India. READ MORE

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