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MAPS OF KHAM
OTHER MAPS ON THIS SITE
Other maps of Tibet are being compiled by the Tibet Map Institute.
Tibetans were not avid geographers, and Lhasa issued no authoritative maps showing the boundaries of Kham that we are aware of. Now, of course, boundaries have been clearly demarked for provinces, prefectures, counties, and townships, but there is no unique geographic entity that corresponds to the old Tibetan province of Kham, which is composed of pieces of eastern Tibet Autonomous Region, western Sichuan, southeast Qinghai, and northwest Yunnan. Many places in Yunnan and Tibet Autonomous Region have been omitted, not because they are unimportant, but because Kham Aid Foundation does not (yet) have activities there.
Place-names on the map above are commonly-used among the international community; in most cases they are Pinyin (a standard system for Romanizing Mandarin Chinese); in some cases they are a hybrid of the Chinese and Tibetan. With so many languages and dialects used in Kham, there is no one "right" way to spell names in English, or even a unique "right" way to pronounce them. This difficulty applies to everything from rivers, mountains, and monasteries, to personal names.
Some equivalents are given in the table below: