Sangke Grassland is a vast highland meadow surrounded by mountains. In summer, the grassland forms a natural green carpet extending to the far horizon. Myriads of wild flowers blossom together, presenting a lovely picture. Daxia River winds its way through the prairie, resembling an undulating silk ribbon on the carpet. Clear water reflects the blue sky and floating clouds. Countless sheep and yaks live near the river. Yaks may moo from time to time and their melodious pastoral songs spread far away. The green carpet is scattered with tents and smoke is curling up over the dwellings. Words fail to describe this beauty and you have to experience this poetic splendor yourself.
Every year from July to September when the grass grows well enough, locals set up tents, entertaining visitors with unique Tibetan snacks such as yak-butter tea, stuffed steamed buns, mutton, and Zanba, a traditional Tibetan staple food made of roasted highland barley flour. Visitors can appreciate the Tibetan folk culture to the full by wearing Tibetan costumes and riding horses or yaks across the land. They can also stay overnight with a local family or camp on the prairie to watch the clear starry sky and enjoy the evening by the campfire. One thing visitors should be aware of is the big temperature difference between day and night, so don’t catch a cold at night.
To the local Tibetan people, Sangke Grassland is a good natural pasture. To visitors, it is the best place to experience the nomadic life, spend summers and return to nature.
How to get there
2. Or you can rent a bicycle from Xiahe to get there. Bicycles are available at local hostels, and they generally cost about CNY10/ hour.
Note: If you go to Sangke Prairie after visiting the imposing Labrang Monastery, you can take a minibus from there. It only takes 15 minutes' driving.
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