Buddhist stupas under white snow mountain

Buddhist stupas — monuments that contain the remains of Buddhist monks or nuns — line up in Deqin County, Yunnan Province. The Meili Snow Mountain is in the background.

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Michael Yamashita

Michael Yamashita is an award-winning photographer who has been shooting for National Geographic magazine for more than 30 years. He specialized in Asia after spending seven years in the region following his graduation from Wesleyan University.