The thickest photography book in history takes you on a journey to conquer the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau on paper.



Renowned photographer Zhang Chaoyin spent 37 years capturing over 100,000 film frames, creating a magnum opus that explores the geography and human connections of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. Titled “Himalayas: An Image Exploration of Landscape and Culture,” this book is published by China Tibetology Publishing House and produced by National Geographic China, with a limited edition of 1300 sets. The book features over 3000 images and 850,000 words, covering six major sections including geographical environment, historical origins, literature and art, religious beliefs, folk customs, and scientific technologies. It combines literary, historical, readable, and collectible aspects, presenting the world’s attention-grabbing Roof of the World, towering glaciers and snow-capped peaks, picturesque high mountain lakes, profound Buddhist culture, and diverse ethnic customs.

Printed by Beijing Artron Art Printing Co., Ltd., the book spans over 2900 pages and weighs 11 kilograms. The cover is wrapped in handmade yak leather, while a laser-engraved woodcut panoramic scroll of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau adorns the exposed spine. The book features exposed spine thread binding, allowing any page to lay flat at 180 degrees. The inner pages are printed on specialty paper using full-color printing, employing Artron’s unique color management system to accurately reproduce the rich and vibrant colors of the original works. Each book also includes a bookplate with an embedded code. With its outstanding content and exquisite craftsmanship, the book has become a valuable collectible art piece.

“Himalayas: An Image Exploration of Landscape and Culture”
Photography/Author: Zhang Chaoyin
Published by: China Tibetology Publishing House
Produced by: National Geographic China
Book Design: Zhang Yajing
Printing: Artron Art Printing Co. Ltd.