No one knows the exact number of the Tibetan population. When the world talks about Tibet, they are referring to the TAR or what China calls the Tibetan Autonomous Region but the Tibetans lives in a much wider area than that. The other half of the Tibetan plateau is divided again into a Northern and Southern half. The Northern half being the Amdo region which was where we went and even then saw a very miniscule part of it. Next year we will explore the Southern half which is the Kham area. It wasn't easy travel and I'm glad because you can still see some old ways. The area is so immense and the population so sparse that scenes like this are what you see frequently. By chance we found our local driver and was able to travel way outside of town.