China's Top 6 Spectacular Grasslands and Pastures
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China's Top 6 Spectacular Grasslands and Pastures

By GavinUpdated Mar. 18, 2021

Have you ever been to any of China's grasslands? Most are located on the plateaus, where the air is clean and fresh. Taking a deep breath and enjoying the fresh air on the grassland can be a fantastic experience, and summer is the best time to visit as the weather is comfortable and cool.

China Highlights has listed the six most spectacular grasslands and pastures in China here for you.


1. Hulunbuir Grassland 呼伦贝尔大草原

Hulun Lake

Hulunbuir Grassland was spoken highly of in an ancient Chinese poem as a place where "the sky is blue and the grass is boundless; when the grass bows in the wind, the horses and sheep will appear".

Located in the northeast of Hunlunbeir, Inner Mongolia, northern China, and covering a large area of 250, 557 square kilometers, Hulunbuir Grassland is well protected and praised as one of China's most beautiful and amazing grasslands. It is famous for its two large lakes -- Hulun Lake and Buir Lake of Inner Mongolia.

The grass is vigorous and lush during the summer on Hulunbuir Grassland. The sunset on the far horizon, as the grassland turns gold, is intoxicating. It is really a magical and wonderful experience for travelers. In addition, summer is the best season to go horseback riding, to view wrestling matches on the grassland and to have and enjoy a close experience with the Mongolian minority culture.  Read more on Hunlunbeir Grassland

2. Xilingol Grassland 锡林郭勒草原

Zhangbeibeishang Grassland

Located in the center of Inner Mongolia, Xilingol Grassland (translation: the rivers on the highlands) is another fabulous grassland area on the Inner-Mongolian plateau and covers an area of 10,786 square kilometers. Xilingol Grassland consists of sand dunes, wetlands, more than 1,200 plant species and many species of animals.

Sunset on Xilingol is an excellent choice for sight-seeing and avoiding the heat. You can also go horseback riding and experience the country life of the rural Mongolian culture. People living on the grassland especially like to enjoy mutton and dairy products such as yogurt and Mongolian milk tea.

3. Qilian Mountain Grassland 祁连山草原


At a distance of 120 kilometers from Ganzhou city and located at the foot of Qilian mountain, Qinghai province, in the northwest of China, Qilian Mountain Grassland has an average elevation of between 4,000 and 5,000 meters above sea level.

"Qilian" is a Hun Chinese term referring to the "heavenly mountain." Nowadays, Uighur people still call Qilian the "heavenly mountain." The good climate and weather of the grassland has earned the grassland the name of "golden lotus prairie," as it has much water and is lush and fresh.

4. Ordos Grassland 鄂尔多斯大草原

Located about 12 kilometers to the west of Ordos prefecture and about 70 kilometers to the east of Shizhenyuan Tourism Zone, Ordos Grassland combines beautiful natural scenery with a fascinating local ethnic culture. The grassland is divided into many parts, including the Performance Zone, Catering Service Zone, Rest Zone and others.

Many ethnic performances can be seen on the grassland during different seasons. Wrestling and archery are the most typical activities and enjoy a great popularity around the world.

In addition, some Mongolian yurts are also scattered on the grassland, looking like many little stars embellishing the sky. These tents are used as dining locations as well as accommodations for visitors.

5. Narat Grassland 那拉提草原

Nalaty Grassland

"Narat" means "the place where sunshine first appears". Narat Grassland is like a golden blanket when the sun rises in the morning. A part of Yili Grassland and located in Xinjiang province, Narat Grassland's 180 kilometers stretch along the riverbed, with the Tianshan mountains surrounding on three sides.

Many streams and springs cross the grassland, and vigorous forests cover the lion's share of the area. Forest grows better on the grassland as the soil is very fertile. Cattle and horses as well as some Mongolian yurts are sporadically scattered across the land as well.

6. Sangke Grassland 桑科草原

Sangke Grassland

Lying about 10 kilometers from Xiahe City, Gansu province, in the northwest of China, Sangke Grassland is one of the most popular grasslands in the Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, with an average elevation of 3,000 meters above sea level. It is famous for its amazing pastures and spectacular Buddhist ceremonies.

"Sangke" is a kind of flower that extends far off into the horizon like a huge beautiful carpet on the grassland. Numerous sheep, horses and cattle as well as some tents resting on the grassland can be seen from a good view.

You can go horseback riding or travel by bicycle on the grassland. Staying in a tent, enjoying some authentic, delicious local food and experiencing the culture of the grassland, such as yak-butter tea and roasted mutton, can be very fantastic.

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