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熊猫粉丝|Foreigners grassland tour book in sichuan
On the 13th and the 14th, the Panda Fans entered the Hongyuan-Ruoergai Grassland located in the northeastern Hongyuan and Ruoergai Counties of Aba and is the largest grassland in Sichuan Province. During the time of the Long March of CCP (1934 – 1936), the Red Army spent a lot of time in this area; hence there are many stories and revolutionary relics relating to the grasslands, which have made it well known throughout China.
Hongyuan-Ruoergai Grassland, one of the China’s three largest wetlands, is an area of meadows, grassland and marshland, covering nearly 30,000 square kilometers (7.4 million acres). It is the place where many nomadic Tibetan tribes chose to settle. The grassland is flat, immense and sparsely inhabited and is blessed with enticing scenery. The grassland is also home to primitive forests, valley farmlands, star-stubbed lakes, winding rivers, green grasses, brilliant flowers, various migrant birds and wild animals, as well as Tibetan temples and tents.
The Panda Fans had the chance to enjoy its wild scenery and peaceful atmosphere and were brought closer to the life of local nomads and farmers. During warmer seasons nomads drive yaks and sheep to high up in mountains and live in back yak hair weaving tents. Wild flowers are blooming at higher and crops in lower farm are coming into ripeness. It is auspicious time here and summer is the best season to visit.
Let’s discover together with the European Panda Fans this amazing Grassland and see the beauty of it through their eyes and their adventures. Let’s follow the Panda Fans’ guide to Sichuan Grassland!
First step: Enjoy the beautiful landscape of Moon Bay, the essence of Hongyuan prairie. It gets this name for the White River at here is just like a crescent. As charming as the moon, White River lines out flawless curves on the plain grassland. Standing on the little hill besides the road, you will see the vast and beautiful prairie is just like a soft and green carpet spread over the dreamy land.
Second step: Discover the unique characteristic of the Tibetan nomadic way of life and feel the freedom of the grassland while riding a horse.
Taste the specialties that the Tibetan food had to offer: the pure yogurt served with the wild yams, an auspicious meal served to welcome the guests coming from far away; the fresh yak meat which can be eaten raw, dry or cooked in the delicious momos; the special fried bread and, the famous tsampa, a hearty, nutty-tasting flour made from roasted barley. It is the most uniquely Tibetan of all foods. The most common way to eat tsampa is to mix it by hand with butter tea, dried dri cheese (the dri is the female of the yak species) and sometimes sugar, to form a dough. The Panda Fans were pretty good at it!
Experience the ecological and natural way of life of the nomads by sharing the daily chores. Among them, the traditional spinning of yak hair into threads which they use to make their black yak wool tent. These yak hair tents can be easily dismantled and moved. In hot weather, the loose wool weaves let wind blow through, keeping the air fresh and cool inside. On cold weather, the tent weaves become tight, keeping wind, cold and rain out.
The Panda Fans also learned how to make the “yak butter tea” churning tea, salt and yak butter (actually, it’s “dri” butter, dri being the yak female) for about an hour by plunging a wooden paddle repeatedly into a tall wooden churn.
Third step: Admire the sunset going down on the first bend (out of its 99 bends) of the Yellow River Yellow River in Tangke.
Wander around Hongyuan, admire the local handicraft, the beauty of the people and share with them their philosophy and their vision of life in the coolness of a black tent.
Fourth step: Go to Huahu Lake in Ruoergai. Huahu means the lake of flower in Chinese. In summer, there are lush aquatic plants and numerous little flowers. Look from afar, the lake is like a flower sea, thus people call it Huahu Lake. Green grass and colorful flower swing with the wind, flocks of swan and black-necked crane stroll leisurely in the lake, and verdurous sky provides the best background for this picturesque scenery. Take a picture there, seat with your friends and enjoy the beauty of the scenery, that’s what the Panda Fans’ guide strongly advise you to do when you get there!
Leave the flower lake, drive along the grassland, admire the strong yaks grazing the medicinal plants, stop to take a picture of the little marmots and take sometimes to meditate the beauty of the nature.
Besides, let the joy explode, jump as high as you can (not too high though, you might feel some altitude sickness!!!), feel the freedom of the place and be grateful to enjoy such a beautiful and peaceful heaven.
So, don’t wait anymore to discover the Oasis of Northwestern Sichuan! Follow the steps of the Panda Fans’ guide to visit this place of magic, the home of yak, the world of flowers and the ocean of green grass.
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