Last updated by david at 2013-11-12
Namtso Lake Overview
Namtso Lake is the second largest salt water lake in China. It is about 4,718 meters above the sea level, so its name means “the sky lake” in Tibetan language. The shape of it is like a rectangle, which is more than 70 kilometers (about 43 miles) long and more than 30 kilometers wide (about 19 miles). It covers an area of 1920 square kilometers, making it the highest large lake.
Located north of the main peak of Nyenchen Tonglha Mountains, Namtso Lake is 240 kilometers (about 149 miles) from Lhasa. It is also a sacred lake to Tibetan Buddhists. Every year, it attracts hundreds of thousands of Buddhists from Tibet, Qinghai Province, Sichuang Province, Gansu Province, Yunan Province etc. Once a Tibetan Buddhist goes by, he or she will throw a pebble in the lake. They will chant scriptures and kowtow while circling around the lake, so that their soul can be saved. As the highest lake in the world, it is far away from the pollution of modern civilization, and maintains its natural state. It is not only the sacred lake to Tibetan Buddhists, but also the paradise for tourists.
Every tourists coming to Namutso Lake will firstly be amazed by its pureness. Even they can feel their souls being washed by the clear and pure lake water. Standing by Namtso Lake, tourists will find them in a blue world. The blue lake and the blue sky blend into each other in the far. The magnificent snow-topped peaks are partly hidden and partly visible in the distance. The grassland is like a boundless green carpet. The weather on the plateau changes all the time: it is sometimes cloudy and sometimes sunny. When the sun shines on the lake, the lake ripples and glistens, creating unique beauty.
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