Gannan prairie is situated in the northeast of Tibetan plateau, covering 4 prefectures (Xiahe, Hezuo, Luqu, Maqu) with an altitude of 3000-4000 m and annual rainfall between 600 and 810 mm.Extremely cold and humid, the weather in Gannan prairie is characterized as typical alpine climate. Known for its primitiveness and mystery, Gannan Prairie is indeed a “virgin land”.
The three biggest highlights of Gannan region are stunning alpine wetland scenery, mysterious Tibetan Buddhist monasteries, and unique local Gannan customs. Tourists may tour the Xiahe, Luqu and Maqu pastures and explore Labrang Monastery which houses the largest number of Tibetan monks outside the Tibet Autonomous Region and Taktsang Lhamo Monastery, where tourists can enjoy a well-known stream called “white dragon” and visit monasteries with Gelug school of Tibet Buddhism. Besides, the first bend of the source of Yellow river can also been seen in Gannan region.
The best time to visit Gannan prairie is between late August and early September. Tourists are advised to bring enough warm clothes as the weather is so erratic and dramatic temperature change between daytime and nighttime occurs very often in Gannan region.
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