The virgin forest in Motuo County wreathed in mist. [Photo: Xinhuanet]
Motuo, as the only county with no highway link to the outside world among all of China's 2,100 strong counties, is the last county where the Brahmaputra River crosses over in China before it flows to India. As the remotest county in the southeastern part of Tibetan Autonomous Region, Motuo is located on the southern slope of the Himalayas. Covering an area of 30,550 square kilometers, the mysterious Motuo County is mainly inhabited by the Menba and Luoba ethnic groups with a population of about 10,000.
According to the Tibetan Buddhist scripture "Bka'gyur", Motuo, or "hidden lotus" in Tibetan, is Tibet's purest and holiest region. While regarded as "Lotus Holy Land" in the eyes of Tibetan Buddhists, Motuo is also a significant symbolic destination for travelers and adventurers, because it is the only county in China that still has no access to roads, making it one of the most untouched places in the world. But the charm of an expedition to Motuo lies in the very challenge of reaching this amazing place.