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Zoige Wetland


Ruoergai County,

Reasons to visit

The largest peat mire in China.

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  • All day.
Zoige Wetland (Ruoergai Wetland), located in the upstream of the Yellow River in eastern Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, the administrative jurisdiction belong to Gansu and Sichuan provinces, the wetland area contains about 1 million hectares of peat bogs, carex swamps, lakes and wet grass. The project consists of Gaihai National Nature Reserve, Zoige National Nature Reserve and Hongyuang Riganqiao wetland nature reserve, etc.

Zoige Wetland swamp gather characteristic of uniqueness, primitiveness, rich biodiversity, and heavy historical precipitation, with a total area of nearly 1 million hectares. Wetland is a highly marsh landscape, is composed of a lot of “Haizi”, pieces of lakes, seems to be a pearl inlaid on the grassland.
The wetland rewarded by Chinese National Geography magazine “beauty China” event rank first in the election of “China's most beautiful six big wetland”. Zoige wetland is a typical example to maintain China's Tibet/Himalayan flora and fauna, and its important base area of biodiversity as well as the typical representative of alpine wetland ecosystem. The national first level protective bird black-necked cranes breed here; crane here is the special endemic species breeding on the plateau.

Zoige is China’s biggest peat swamp area, it is the international wetlands praised “the world’s largest, the most primitive, the best plateau wetland hadn't been destroyed by people” by experts.
Zoige Wetland

Basic Introduction

Beautiful and magic Zoige wetland is located in the upstream of the Yellow River in eastern Qinghai-Tibet plateau, known as the "kidney of the earth. The watershed between the Yangtze and Yellow rivers here is divided into two parts--the famous “first bend of the Yellow River” is here.

Every year, Zoige wetland provide 30% of the water to the Yellow River, thus deservedly become the mother river of the “reservoir”. With rich water and beautiful grass, Zoige wetland contains about 1 million hectares of peat bogs, carex swamps, lakes and wet grass, is national level of protection area of wild animals--the black-necked crane's main breeding habitat, and is listed as international important wetland.

Zoige wetland on the administrative jurisdiction Zoige county, Hongyuan county of Sichuan province and Luqu county, Maqu county and other places in Gansu province.


Zoige grassland is remote pastoral areas, the Tibetan mastiff here is very fierce; visitors should be careful. When visit to herder’s home, not rushed into.

Flowers near the lake are silt ground, be careful not to stand too close, so as not to sink in. The car can go toward inside the way to the flower lake until the big road outside the lake. If self drive to there, stop a bit far from the lake as best.Then entered from the doorway takes about 20 minutes to go. Because the Zoige wetland is dark and cover densely, so tourists must be careful to walk, followed footprints, otherwise it is easy to cause danger.
Zoige Wetland


The food in Grassland area is mainly with red meat and noodle, Han nationality meal is very expensive, the average price is of 4 to 8 times higher, but along the way can eat the delicious Yellow River fish.

Visiting to Tibetan home, you have better take a small gift.

Summer night staying at the tent on the prairie, must burn a bonfire.

For the people who first time go into the plateau should prepare some snit altitude sickness drug, such as aspirin and so on; because the road is not very good, the people who is easy to have carsick must take carsick drugs.

Plateau weather is changeable, might as well take a few plastic bags or bath cap, on a rainy day put it on the camera to protect from the rain, and also can protect the equipment.

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