China’s Nomads Trade Up for an Easier Ride on the Range – Jim Yardley

From the New York Times:

25Nomads.Xlarge1At the Doulong Store, the musty shelves are stocked with the necessities for Tibetan nomads. There are kettles for yak butter tea and bolts of colorful fabric for traditional Tibetan robes and clothing. A nomad affluent enough to use a light bulb in his tent can buy an electric generator.

Most nomads around Madoi earn a living selling yaks and sheep.

But an unexpected necessity here in the immense grasslands of the Tibetan plateau are the six motorcycles on display, including the ASIAHERO 150-7 bought by a nomad named Trashi Dorjay. He had traveled almost 200 miles to the store from his tent because he wanted a bike to herd his sheep and yaks.

“I used to ride a horse,” he explained. “A motorcycle is faster.” [Full text]

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