Qinghai Lake Scenic Belt
Qinghai lake is the largest inland saltwater lake in China and is also the biggest lake in the country. The lake has an abundant supply of fish, which
in turn attracts large flocks of birds including many migratory breeds.
Major sights on or around the lake are: Bird Island, Haixin Hill, Haixi Hill, Sankuaishi (Three Stones), and Sand Island. Every April, thousands of
birds come to the Bird Island to lay eggs and before winter, they fly south. There was a beautiful legend about Tang princess on the way to marry in
Tibet. This is a place with natural grassland and where the horses are being bred.
There is an archeological site in West China's Qinghai Province on the bank of a lake that has been dubbed "lover lake" that is between 50 to 60
meters high. The site, known by local people as "the ET relics," is on Mount Baigong, about 40 kilometres to the southwest of Delingha. On the north
of the mountain are twin lakes dubbed the "Lover Lakes,"( Keluke Lake and Tuosu Lake) one with fresh water and the other with salty water. The
"Lover Lakes" and the ET relics formed the most fascinating scenic spots here.
Keluke Lake(fresh lake) is fringed by a large area of reedbed and flooded grassland which is used for grazing, and the lake itself has a rich growth
of freshwater macrophytes. In the lake were families of Great Crested and Black-necked Grebe, whilst the surrounding flooded grasslands held 15
species of breeding waterbirds including Little and Common Terns, Red-crested Pochard, Ruddy Shelducks, Gadwalls, Greylag Geese, Redshanks, and
Kentish Plovers. Other species recorded include Golden Eagle and Henderson's Ground Jay. Keluke Lake is unique in being one of only a few sites in
Qinghai Province that supports a large area of reedbeds and aquatic plants. The importance of this does not seem to have been considered before, and
it seems that no botanist has visited or surveyed the site.
Even though Tuosu Lake(salt lake) was only some 3 km away, it is a complete contrast to Keluke Lake. The surrounding landscape was desert-like with
sandstone pinnacles. Although the lake supported a large number of birds - mainly Brown-headed Gulls (440) and Ruddy Shelducks (124) - the diversity
was much lower. The only signs of breeding activity, were 3 - 4 broods of Ruddy Shelducks, and a family of Black-necked Grebes. Apart from a pair of
Desert Wheatears, no nests were found on the island in the centre of the lake, possibly explained by the number of fox scats and footprints in the
sand. The lake freezes over in winter, allowing terrestrial predators to get across to the island.
There is a beautiful story about the two lakes. A perfect couple once lived here. The husband went out to do business on salt but did not come back
for a long time. His wife looked for him all the way and found him died by the lake. Striken by the sadness, she died beside her husband too several
days later. The husband turned into the Tuosu Lake and his wife turned into Keluke Lake.
The so-called ET relics structure is located on the south bank of the salty lake. It looks like a pyramid and is between 50 to 60 metres high. At the
front of the pyramid are three caves with triangular openings. The cave in the middle is the biggest, with its floor standing 2 metres above the
ground and its top 8 metres above the ground. This cave is about 6 metres in depth and inside there is a half-pipe about 40 centimetres in diameter
tilting from the top to the inner end of the cave.
Another pipe of the same diameter goes into the.....same repeated story. I wish they would change the wording.
The question here is who is lying? The travel brochure? Surely those who made the trip would notice if the scenery and birds were
missing. They even discuss foxes as a native predator. The government, all governments lie, that is
a given. They have a vested interest in hiding their nuclear missiles deployment. They have another is their nuclear waste disposal, again all
governments do. There is just no safe place for this long-lived poison. The one that really bother me are the crimes against the native tibetans who
are dying because of poisoned water and meat. Finally, poisoning the Himalayan watershed affects the entire planet, especially Asia and India.
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