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    There is a super huge piece of land. Due to the high altitude, cold climate, and thin oxygen, it has become an area unsuitable for human survival. But even so, it was still overcome by humans, who lived for generations, lived a nomadic life, and gradually adapted. However, if you are not aboriginal, if you want to live here for a long time, in addition to enduring altitude sickness, you must choose a low-altitude area as much as possible, because places above 5,000 meters above sea level are “forbidden areas for human life”.

    Where is the Tibetan plateau located?
    Look at the map of plateau of Tibet, you can see the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau starts from the western section of the Qinling Mountains and connects with the Loess Plateau, south to the Himalayas and west to the Pamir Plateau of the Karakoram Mountains, and north to the Altun Mountains, Kunlun Mountains, and Qilian Mountains. But in fact, the real Qinghai-Tibet Plateau has also set foot in Nepal, Bhutan, India, and Pakistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and part or all of Afghanistan.

    The Qinghai-Tibet Plateau is characterized by steep and changeable terrain and complex terrain, which is high in the west and low in the east. The area above 4,000 meters above sea level accounts for 86.1% of the total area of Tibet and 60.93% of the area of Qinghai Province. Among them, the Himalayas, Hengduan Mountains, Qilian Mountains, Kunlun Mountains, Bayan Har Mountains, Karakoram Mountains and other mountain ranges have an average height of more than 6,000 meters above sea level.

    The distribution of many climatic regions leads to the climatic characteristics of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau showing a lot of sunshine and strong radiation. The overall temperature is not only low, but also the accumulated temperature is small, and the temperature will gradually decrease with the increase of altitude and latitude. , so the temperature difference is very large.

    Most of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau uses ice and snow melt water as the main water supply, and many lakes are formed after being injected into basins or depressions, such as the famous Qinghai Lake, Yamdrok Yongcuo, Namtso, Manasang Yongcuo and so on. The Qinghai-Tibet Plateau can be called the “King of Thousand Lakes”, with more than 1,500 lakes of various sizes.

    The Qinghai-Tibet Plateau is arguably one of the most attractive destinations in the world. There are both the ancient Xiangxiong culture, the majestic Potala Palace, the ever-flowing Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon, and the grasslands of northern Tibet where cows and sheep are seen in the wind and grass, Namtso and Yangcuoyong. There are holy lakes and immortal ponds such as Cuo, Manasang Yongcuo, as well as majestic and steep peaks such as Mount Everest and Gang Rinpoche. The most desirable thing is the local people’s belief in local culture, and the most touching thing is Long head kowtow not far away.

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