The 2,965 people of the Lhoba ethnic minority
have their homes mainly in Mainling, Medog, Lhunze and Nangxian counties
in southeastern Tibet. Additionally, a small number live in Luoyu,
The Lhobas speak a distinctive language
belonging to the Tibetan-Myanmese language family, Chinese-Tibetan language system. Few of them
know the Tibetan language. Having no written script, Lhoba people
used to keep records by notching wood or tying knots.