The frozen river

The Mekong River is covered with ice and snow near its headwaters on the Tibetan Plateau in Qinghai Province. From the Tibetan Plateau, the world’s 12th-longest river runs through multiple Southeast Asian countries, including China, Myanmar, Laos and Thailand.

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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.