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Sangke Prairie

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

In summer, the sangke flowers in the prairie bloom and with the lush grass forms a natural carpet covering this expansive area. The Daxia River, like an undulating silk belt, twists through grass and earth, reflecting sky and mountains. 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 taste Tibetan food such as yak-butter tea, stuffed steamed buns, mutton, and Zanba (a traditional Tibetan staple food of roasted highland barley flour).

Sangke Prairie has opened as a tourist place since 1987. It has strong Tibetan flavor that visitors can appreciated. Sangke Prairie is a good natural pasture to the local Tibetan people and a best site to experience the nomadic life, spend summers and return to the nature to visitors.

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