Having arrived at Sanjiangyuan National Park, we drove along to trace the Yellow River to its source, or at least as close to the source as possible. Stemming from the Bayan Har Mountain Range in Tibet, we observed the constantly shifting and diverging routes of the river as it wound through the park.
Zhalin and Eling Lakes, two extremely large fresh water lakes which function as the main catchment basins for the Yellow River at its source, are 4290m above sea level, are the two largest plateau freshwater lakes nationwide.
These lakes, holy to the local Tibetan nomadic people, is where they leave their deceased.
At these source areas, the water was a beautiful turquoise or crystal blue, with the muddy sediment slowly seeping in to the river as it flowed through the landscape, giving the water its muddy yellow appearance, hence the name.