Women’s Kingdom.

By Mark Andrews

Silkroad – Cathay Dragon Airlines. March 2013

Danba County’s secluded villages remain steeped in tradition, offering a glimpse into the historic past of a region once ruled by women and still shrouded in mystery

High on the hillsides above the raging Dadu River, villages cling to precipitous slopes in much the same way as the inhabitants have clung to their traditional lifestyle in the 21st century. This is Danba County, in the Sino-Tibetan marches – once part of the Kham region of Tibet.

“What makes Danba unique is the combination of its deep culture, history, geographical environment and the heritage of its ethnic groups,” says Zhang Tao, secretary of Danba County’s tourism department.

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Mark Andrews has written about everything from Japanese houses to heli hikes on New Zealand glaciers, test drives of Chinese cars to bar and restaurant reviews. He currently specialises in travel articles and reviews of Chinese cars plus articles about the Chinese auto industry.

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