At 8:00am we start for Ruoergai Grassland (our first destination today) from Labrang Civil Aviation Hotel in Xiahe in Gannan Tibet Autonomous Prefecture of Gansu Province. The 280km drive takes about 3 and half hours largely along the National Highway 212.
Ruoergai Grassland is located in the north of Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture of Sichuan Province, and borders Maqu, Luqu of Gansu Province. It is on the east edge of Tibet-Qinghai Plateau with an altitude between 3000 and 3600 meters.
Ruoergai Grassland is said to be the fourth largest grasslands in China after Hulun Buir Grassland in Inner Mongolia, Yili Grassland in Xinjiang and Xilinguole Grassland in Inner Mongolia. Ruoergai Grassland belongs to the kind of alpine meadow, also one of the China’s three largest wetlands, covering 10436.58 square kilometers.
This time we don’t enter the heartland or the most beautiful part of Ruoergai Grassland. Instead we just stop its north edge, nearly 30km south of Langmusi. Langmusi a sleepy village sitting between Gansu and Sichuan, inhabitated by Han Chinese, Hui and Amdo Tibetans. So before we get to Ruoergai Grassland, we have to pass by the mysterious and primitive village.
I’ve been to some mesmerising grasslands elsewhere in China, like Narat Grassland, Gegentala Grassland, and Mulan Weichang Grassland.In comparison, Ruoergai Grassland is neither the greenest nor a fertile grassland, but what catches my eyes and makes my excited is its numerous wild flowers. I feel quite shamed to be unable to name most of the flowers, which I have to call them wildflowers of grassland.
The best time to view the wildflowers of Ruoergai Grassland is between July and early September. Below are some of the wildflowers of Ruoergai Grassland I take on our short trip to the edge of this fourth largest grassland in China to feed your eyes. Hoopefully my poor photography will not let you down.
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