The research programme “Territories, Communities and Exchanges in the Sino-Tibetan Kham Borderlands (China)” has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration, European Research Council (ERC), Support for frontier research (SP2-Ideas), Starting grant n° 283870.

It is hosted by the Centre d'études Himalayennes, at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)

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Maps of Western Travelers in Kham

Mapping old communication routes is of crucial importance to understand the history of Kham region prior to mid-20th century as today’s motor roads do not follow precisely traditional caravan and trade routes. In order to find out old routes we can rely on different kind of documents: Tibetan biographies and pilgrimage diaries of religious figures (place names, passes they used to cross, etc.); Chinese sources (for example Weizang tushi maps and accounts); Travel accounts and maps of Western travelers and missionaries from mid-19th to mid-20th century.

1916-1917, O. Coales’ Itinerary in Kham
1918-1919, E. Teichman’s Itinerary in Kham
1881-1882, Kinshen Singh’s Itinerary through Kham
1900-1901, P. Kozlov’s Itinerary through Kham