Yang Zhijun was born in 1955 on China’s Tibetan plateau. He has been hailed as China’s finest storyteller about the Tibetan highlands, and his writing has been widely acclaimed as the definitive work embodying the spirit of the Tibetan plateau and its people. Mastiffs of the Plateau began as Yang Zhijun’s own search for spiritual redemption. Drawing on his deep knowledge of Tibet, this novel became an instant bestseller that sparked China’s fascination with Tibetan culture, especially their legendary mastiffs. Based on this novel, the animated film The Tibetan Dog, screened at France’s Annecy International Animated Film Festival, marked the first joint production between Chinese and Japanese film companies. Since then, he has written two sequels to Mastiffs of the Plateau, which immediately became bestsellers. Yang Zhijun has won multiple awards for his works set in Tibet and the seaside city of Qingdao, where he currently resides.