Sankoh Grassland

As a meadow steppe of 70 square kilometers (27 square miles), Sankoh Grassland has a number of animal husbandry bases in the Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Gansu Province, owing to plenty of water and lush grasses. It is 10 kilometers (6 miles) south-west of Labrang Monastery of Xiahe and is 3,000 meters (9,842 feet) above the sea level.

Highlights of Sankoh Grassland

Surrounded by mountains, Sankoh Grassland is an essential part of Dajiutan Grassland, through which the Daxia River runs gently from south to north. The scenery is rather idyllic with white clouds floating in the blue sky, and flocks and herdsrandomly chewing grasses.The legend goesthat Sankoh Grassland was the very place where King Gesar offered sacrifices to God.

Sankoh Grassland has always been a natural pasture in Tibet, where the grasses are like a green carpet each summer and various kinds of flowers vie with one another for glamour, making it an ideal place for escaping the heat and experiencing the Tibetan lifestyle.

In addition, Gesanghua Tourist Reception Center and Labrang Hotel are also in the Sankoh Grassland Scenic Area, where services such as tent rental, traditional Tibetan snacks, bonfire parties, ethnic singing and dancing performances, and a Tibetan clothes rental service are available for visitors, so you can fully appreciate the unique nomadic lifestyle of the Tibetans.

Xianglang Festival on the Sankoh Grassland

Xianglang means "collecting firewood" in the Tibetan language. As a traditional Tibetan festival, Xianglang Festival is usually held on June 15th and lasts for days, during which Sankoh Grassland is picturesque with the fragrance of roast meatpervading theair. The Tibetans put up tents to celebrate the festival on the Sankoh Grassland, during which the monks will also get together with their family members on the Sankoh Grassland.Xianglang Festival is also a good chance for the youths to find theirfuture husbands and wives, during which the main activities include horse racing, yak racing, wrestling, running, singing and dancing, and a tug-of-war. If you happen to come across the festival, you can fully enjoy yourself with the Tibetans.

Travel Essentials

  • Location: Xiahe, in the Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Gansu Province
  • Transportation:you can take a bus to Xiahe from Lanzhou Bus Station, and then take a tricycle there from Xiahe
  • Opening times: all day long

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