Sophia Yan is an award-winning reporter who chases stories all over the world. She covers extensively the rise of China, and has reported all sorts of other stories, from Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests to gender issues in Japan for CNBC, CNN, Bloomberg News, and Time Magazine. Sophia spent a couple of years as a reporter in DC before saying 再见 in 2012 for Hong Kong and Beijing, where she's been ever since. She tweets @sophia_yan and contributes to SupChina.
Monks hang a huge thangka, a Tibetan Buddhist painting on cotton or silk, on a mountainside in Labrang Monastery, Gansu Province. Thangkas usually depict a Buddhist deity, a scene from Buddhist texts, or a mandala.