Tourist Area of the Sources of Three Rivers (Changjiang, Huanghe and Lancangjiang River)
This area mainly refers to the South Qinghai Plateau. It includes Guoluo Prefecture, Yushu Prefecture, south part of Huangnan and Hainan Prefecture, and Tanggula Mountain County in Golmud. The area is more than half of the whole province with the elevation above 4200 meters. There are East Kunlun Mountains, and its branch ranges Buerhanbuda, Kekexili, Bayankela, Anyemaqen and Tanggula Mountain with the elevation almost above 6000 meters. There are wide grasslands between mountains. It has long been known as "the sources of rivers" because of the great density of the network of waterways. Lakes spread all over the area. There are few people in most of the area. Even there are no people in some area. So the natural features of primitiveness and purety are retained. It is the paradise of plateau wild animals. There are many valuable and rare wild animals and valuable ingredients of traditional Chinese medicines. Tibetans are the major residents in the area with the population more than 70 percent of total in the area.