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Sangke Prairie


Sangke Prairie lies about ten kilometres west of Xiahe County, Gansu province. It enjoys a good reputation in the northwest Tibetan district for its excellent pasture and frequent magnificent Buddhist ceremonies. Belonging to the meadow steppe and bordered by the Daxia River, Sangke prairie is at an elevation of 3000 meters (9843 feet) with an area of 70 square kilometres (27 square miles).

The prairie is named for the summer-blooming sangke flowers that form a natural carpet extending to the far horizons. Reflecting sky and mountains, the Daxia River twists through grass and earth like an undulating silk belt. Countless sheep, yaks, and tents are visible over the prairie.

Visitors can travel by bicycle or on horseback. It is possible to stay overnight with a local family or to rent a tent and experience Tibetan food such as yak-butter tea, stuffed steamed buns, mutton, and Zanba (a traditional Tibetan staple food of roasted highland barley flour).

To the local Tibetan people, Sangke Prairie is a good natural pasture land. To visitors, it is a best site to experience the nomadic life, spend summers and return to the nature.

Traveling tips: On your visit to this beautiful Sangke Prairie, please respect the habits of local Tibetan people including their unique way of eating, living, etiquettes and taboos.

Admission Fee: CNY 30 (Servicechargeincluded)

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