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  • The fringes of Tibet: One week in China’s Yading Nature Reserve

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    It was the day after China’s annual Mid-Autumn Festival, and I had been debating what to do in Chengdu when a fellow backpacker mentioned that he was headed to the Tibetan region of the province. Yading Nature Reserve, in the western Garze region of Sichuan, promised a way to see a slice of Tibet without the hassle of obligatory tours and finicky travel permits. Over a steaming bowl of spicy hot pot and a copy of Lonely Planet China, I decided to come along to Yading, in the western edge of Sichuan province.