Silk Road Travel to Gannan
Boasting all the representative features of the province, Gannan offers a great vacation that will be a treat for both the eyes and soul.
Introduction of Gannnan:
Located on the northeastern edge of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau and ranging from 1,100 to 4,900 meters above sea level, Gannan is the lowest of China's 10 Tibetan autonomous areas. With both the Yellow and Yangtze rivers passing through the region, Gannan presents a variety of landscapes, including forests, lakes, valleys, mountains and prairies.
At the junction of the Gansu, Qinghai and Sichuan provinces and with both the southern part of the Silk Road and the Tang-Tibet Ancient Road passing through it, the region possesses a unique culture that is a mixture of Tibetan, Han and other ethnic group cultures.
Feast for the eyes:
Due to the diversity of its natural scenery and architecture, Gannan is always referred to as "the nine-coloured land" as reds, oranges, purples, blues and yellows can be seen in a single glance at the landscape.
The colour yellow is a notable highlight as it represents the Yellow River. China's "mother river," it runs across Gannan from its origins in the Bayan Har mountains in a curved waterway that stretches more than 400 kilometres across the grand prairie of Maqu County, creating a unique splendour widely known as the "the first bay of the Yellow River."
In the early morning and late afternoon, when the sun hangs on the edge of the horizon, the reflection of the soft sunshine turns the curved river into a bent silk ribbon - a breathtaking view that attracts many shutterbugs.
It is believed that the place was closely related to King Gesar, a hero-god in Tibetan culture. Legends about the king defending the area from demons have been passed down by locals for generations.
Located at the junction of three provinces, Gannan is home to 24 ethnic groups and a place where different cultures and art forms are exchanged and interact. The region has long been dubbed a place "to free the soul" and "the travel destination with most ethnic characteristics in China."
With more than 53 percent of the local population belonging to the Tibetan ethnic minority group, Tibetan Buddhism is prevalent in the region. More than 120 Tibetan Buddhist temples can be found here, including that celebrated Milarepa Buddha Pavilion that dates back to more than 240 years ago. The nine-story pavilion attracts visitors from home and abroad with its unique yet splendid architecture and beautiful paintings and statues that fill up the walls on each floor. The attraction is regarded as one of the most divine places in the region.
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