|The cover of the book titled Across the No-man Land in Northern Tibet. [Photo/Xinhua]|
China's first on-the-spot book on the sparely populated Changtang area in northern Tibet was recently released in the high elevation county Co Nyi of Nagqu Prefecture, the Tibet's Daily reported.
The book, titled Across the No-man Land in Northern Tibet, was brought out by the China International Press.
It was written by a veteran Xinhua reporter Tang Shaoming, who has risked his life to go deep into the no-man zone for six times in the past some 20 years regardless of the shortage of oxygen, failure in communication, bad traffic, etc.
Unlike literatures or journals, the book- from a reporter's perspective and in a way of telling story-depicts how Tibetan and Han pioneers worked together to turn that wild land into a new homeland, recording the vicissitude of that once isolated land where human being is off limits.
The story begins in 1976, 2053 herdsmen from Nagqu Prefecture drove some 160,000 flocks and herds into the then wildness and then set up two county level offices in Co Nyi County and Wombu County. Later, the Wombo County was renamed "Nyima"-the first county in the world in the name of the sun (Nyima means the sun in Tibetan language), and the Co Nyi County was upgraded as Co Nyi Special Zone by the state council.
From the book, the reader can find out the real life of herdsmen and new face of no-man zone.
Dozens of vivid storied are told. For example, after fighting with the disease for eight years, Shiqiu Drolma, a sheepherder in Xiji Village of Bangoin County, finally had her 5 kg tumour removed in Beijing with help from Tibetan and Han people.
Redi, vice-chairman of the 10th National People's Congress (NPC) prefaced for the book.
"Tang Shaoming, a Shangdong fellow, went deep into the no-man zone for six times with perseverance unimaginable, traveling across the area. It is a masterpiece which expatiates on the vicissitudes and construction of no-man area, carrying both historical and cultural value for the further research. Revealed between his pain and easy-understanding language are his love towards Nagqu and the people living there."
Northern Tibet, also called "Changtang", means vast northern highland in Tibetan language. Because of high and isolated geography, northern Tibet seems much more mysterious than any other place in Tibet. Half of its territory is no-man area, says 200,000 out of 400,000 square meters. As high as at least 5,000 meters, the oxygen content there is 45 percent less than the sea level and severe winter occupies eight months of the year.