Day 28: Qinghai Lake, Selfies, and Power Generation

Along our final stretch before returning to Xining from Yushu over 800km, we stopped at Qinghai Lake, into which 23 rivers and streams empty into it, most of them seasonal and is therefore always fluctuating in appearance and size.

A popular touristic spot, but also circumambulated by pilgrims, people come here to quickly take selfies from one spot to the next, taking little time to appreciate the ancient holy site, home to female monks who live on an island at the centre of the lake, venturing out only once in winter when the water freezes over to get supplies for the town.

Along the way, we also came across massive fields of solar panels, used to power the nearby city GongHe, as well as a dried up water reservoir, due to the seasonal shifts, used for mining when the ground is dry and secure.


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