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Life in Tibet's rooftop village

Located near the Lake Puma Yumco, Tibet, Tuiwa is the highest administrative village in the world. Its altitude is 5,070 meters above see level, with a density of oxygen only half as much as that of most part of Chinese mainland.

There is no neon light of the city in the village, only the simple Tibetan lifestyle. The income of villagers is dependent wholly on livestock husbandry.

Carrying a bucket of water, a villager is on her way back home in February 2014. Photos: qq.com

Tibetan woman weaves with a traditional wooden loom. Every household in the village owns a loom. The yarn is made of wool and yak hair. 

Two women living in the village on their way home after washing clothes in the Lake Puma Yumco, Feb 26, 2014. 

A married woman waits for a hitchhike to her mother's home. She prepared a whole roasted goat as the Tibetan New Year present for her mother. Tibetan New Year was celebrated on March 2, 2014. 

Tibetan woman cooks mutton. Mutton is regarded as the best food to celebrate the New Year. 

Two days before the Tibetan New Year, a girl receives a one-yuan pocket money from her mother. 

Villager carries a bag of garbage. Villagers clear the square and the roads in the village to embrace the New Year.

A boy plays basketball on the square. 

Village head's grandson stands against the wall outside of his home. The picture of tiger hanging on the wall indicates rejection of misfortunes. 


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