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Namtso Lake

--The Heavenly lake as cerulean as sky in Tibet

Namtso Lake is the highest salt lake in the world at an elevation of 4,718 meter. It located between Dangxiong county and Bange county 240 kilometers north of capital city of Lhasa. It has a length of 70km and a width of 30km, and covers and covers an area of 1,940 square kilometers.

Namtso Lake, Tibet

Namtso Lake, Tibet

According to historical records, Namtso Lake was named because it was as cerulean as sky, but local herdsmen named it with the meaning of 'heaven lake' because it was situated as high as sky. Namsto means the lake of heaven in Tibetan language. The lake has Mountains of Nyainqentangla perennially covered with snow to its south, plateau, hills and lakeside to its north and west respectively. Grassland in the surrounding areas makes the lake a place with plenty of water and lush grass.

Summer is the best time for Namtso Lake. Wild yaks, hares and other wild animals leisurely look for food along the expansive lake shores; countless migratory birds fly here to lay eggs and feed their young; sometimes lovely fishes in the lake jump out of the lake water, enjoying the warmth of the sunshine; sheep and cows herds are like flowing white blanks on the green grassland which can stretch as far as your eyes can see; the dulcet songs of Gauchos resound through the valleys. This time of the year Namtso Lake is full of life and activity.

Namtso Lake, Tibet

Namtso Lake, Tibet

Namtso Lake's touching beauty should not be missed by any traveler who visits Tibet. Its purity and solemn are symbols of Qinghai-Tibet Plateau.

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