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Yak milk tea is a staple drink for the Kyrgyz people of Karakul Lake, which is about 3 hours drive south of Kashgar, Xinjiang. They say drinking the tea is the best way to avoid headaches from the altitude - the lake sits at about 3600 meters above sea level.

My visit to Karakul included a stay with a Kyrgyz family in a small village nearby. This stove is the center of their livelihood, one could say, especially in the winter. It heats the tea, the dinner, and the whole stone dwelling, and must be constantly maintained. Here you can see how much heat is actually generated from this simple assembly.

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