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Yak Dung, Environmental-friendly Fuel in Tibet

When you are enjoying a tour in Tibet, especially trekking in Tibet, you will find stacks of dried yak dung near houses in many Tibetan villages. Many travelers may be curious about why Tibetan people pile so much yak dung at their living place. In fact, it is not strange at all because the yak dung is environmental-friendly fuel in Tibet.  

 
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Even in Tibetan villages that have been reached by modern technologies, such as electricity, the Tibetans do not seem to be giving up their custom of burning dried yak dung as fuel because the yak dung is an environmental-friendly fuel on the Tibetan Plateau. Before it can be burned, it must be dried, in flat patties about eight inches across.
 
With the operation of Qinghai-Tibet Railway, some people claim that Tibetan people can dispense with yak dung and use coal. But they are wrong. There is no reason for Tibetan people to give up using the environmental-friendly fuel. 
 
Together with firewood and scrub, yak dung is a major source of fuel for herdsmen in the autonomous region. There may be some disadvantages to yak dung, but it is better for the environment than other fuels. Simply from the perspective of a lack of distribution network, it is unfeasible to use coal to replace traditional fuels. Most importantly, using environmentally-friendly fuel is what Tibetan people should do to protect their pure land.  
 
Besides yak dung, there are other clean and environmentally-friendly energies on the Tibetan plateau, such as hydroelectricity, solar and wind power. 
 
Master Catherine Jigme

About the Author - Master Catherine Jigme

With exceptional passion and outstanding leadership, Mrs. Catherine has dedicated herself to Tibet inbound tourism and China tour for 15 years. As one of the handful females who see great potential of Chinese inbound tourism, Catherine has made great contribution to promoting Tibet tourism and enhancing the employment of Tibetans and prosperity of local Tibetan community.

Over the years, she travelled overseas with Tibet Tourism Bureau many times to promote Tibet tourism. Currently, Catherine works as the marketing director of Tibet Vista, an opinion leader behind the whole team of Tibet Vista.

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