Saturday, May 21, 2011

Tibetan Mail Carriers

Chinese reporter Lu Qiuping quotes Feng Xinsheng, deputy general manager of China Post, on the English language Xinhua News Agency website as saying many villages in remote China have no access to pavement, and nearly 10,000 mail routes rely on horses, camels or walking letter carriers.

One of those walking letter carriers is Nima Lamu.

Nima, 35, has spent 12 years delivering letters and parcels in a rural area of southwest China's Yunnan Province where the altitude ranges from 1,000 to 4,500 meters. Her mail route covers 350 kilometers, requiring seven days for a round-trip on foot.

There are 15,000 people who, like Nima Lamu, deliver mail on foot, but few are females, according to Feng.

Shown above, 1974 stamp issued by or with approval of the Tibetan government in exile in Dharmsala (India). Generally considered as an unofficial or 'fake' stamp according to

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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM