To herd yaks or attend school?'

Updated: 2014-04-18 09:23

By Erik Nilsson (

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To herd yaks or attend school?'
A girl places her bowl on a classmate's head "like a hat" as children line up for lunch in front of the tents that served as their dorms in July 2011. Fruits and vegetables were rare in the nomadic community — where an average elevation of 4,300 meters makes planting impossible — until produce started coming to the school via the county seat from Qinghai province's capital Xining, more than 1,000 kilometers away. [Photo by Erik Nilsson/]  
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