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The Road Less Traveled : Corners of Qinghai

(Global Times)

16:10, August 16, 2011

A sea of rapeseed flowers. With an altitude of more than 3,000 meters, the flowering season is three months later than that of Southeast China. This picture is shot in July. Menyuan, Qinghai Province, China. Photo: Xu Jingyi/GT

Qinghai Province sits in Northwest China, close to the Tibet Autonomous Region. With an average altitude of 3200m, it is the cradle of two important rivers. The Yangtze River originates from the glaciers in the Tangula Mountains on the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau, while the Yellow River begins its flow in the Bayan Har Mountains. Buddhism and Islam are two major religions in the region.
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