Hanging in There
With his horse trussed to the rope conveyor, a Tibetan rider in 1921 maneuvers hand over hand for a precarious crossing of the Mekong River.
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Photograph by A.L. SheltonFrom National Geographic magazine, April 2002
A Wing and a Prayer
A 1950s-era MiG-15, grounded vestige of Chinas recent past, attracts tourists at a Lhasa amusement park. The ancient Potala Palace, once Tibets seat of government, looms regally in the background.
Photograph by Steve McCurryFrom National Geographic magazine, April 2002