(Translated by Adrian Chan-Wyles PhD)
The Chaguola post is more than 5,300 meters above sea level and is one of the highest altitude posts guarded by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). The annual average temperature here is minus 4 degrees Celsius, and the oxygen content of the air is about 40% of that at sea level. It is called the “forbidden zone of life”. Tibetan Border Guard Wu Jin Dorje (武金多吉), told reporters that there is snow and very strong winds all year round. The residence of the nearest people is 18 kilometers. Although the harshness of the natural environment and the loneliness of the stationing made the life of the highly disciplined Tibetan Border Guards is veryhard, there are still many soldiers who volunteer to work at the post.