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Top 8 most beautiful grasslands in China

By Minjun Xu

July 21

About one quarter of the Earth’s non-ocean surface is grassland. We recommend checking out at least a small part of that in China by visiting some of these places.

About one quarter of the Earth’s non-ocean surface is grassland. We recommend checking out at least a small part of that in China by visiting some of these places.

Top 8 beautiful grasslands across China are recommended in the following list. Let’s go and embrace the nature.

8. Longli Grassland 龙里大草原

Longli Grassland [Image Credit: gmw.cn]
Longli Grassland [Image Credit: gmw.cn]
Situated in Guizhou Province about 60 kilometers from its capital city Guiyang, the beautiful karst landscape combined with the broad grasslands make Longli truly unique.

Best time to visit: all year

Entry: 20 yuan/person

7. Zhangbei Grassland 张北草原

Zhangbei Grassland [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/ Ding Wei]
Zhangbei Grassland [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/ Ding Wei]
Escape bustling Beijing with a trip to Zhangbei Grassland in Hebei Province. If you visit in summer be sure to check out the music festival.

Best time to visit: July – August.

Entry: free; 240 yuan/person/day (music festival)

6. Qilian Mountain Grassland 祁连山草原

Qilian Mountain Grassland [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/ Zhang Yuan]
Qilian Mountain Grassland [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/Zhang Yuan]
Qilian Mountain lies in northwestern China, and its most famous grassland is Damaying. In July and August snow-capped mountains in the distance give the vast plains a backdrop you don’t want to miss.

Best time to visit: July – August.

Entry: free

5. Naqu Alpine Grassland 那曲高寒草原

Naqu Alpine Grassland [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/ Han Jiajun]
Naqu Alpine Grassland [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/Han Jiajun]
Naqu Alpine Grassland, also known as Qiangtang Grassland, is one of the five biggest meadows in China. Since it’s located in the northern part of the Tibet Autonomous Region, make sure to experience some of the local culture as well.

Best time to visit: Aug.

Entry: free

4. Western Sichuan Alpine Grassland 川西高寒草原

Western Sichuan Alpine Grassland [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/ Chen Tingquan]
Western Sichuan Alpine Grassland [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/Chen Tingquan]
The Western Sichuan Alpine Grassland is the biggest grassland in Sichuan Province and an important corridor for inter-ethnic interaction. Many believe this area was part of the real-life basis for Shangri-la, a fictional and mystical mountain locale described in James Hilton’s 1933 novel Lost Horizon.

Best time to visit: June-September.

Entry: Free

3. Xilin Gol Grassland 锡林郭勒草原

Xilin Gol Grassland [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/ Liu Jie]
Xilin Gol Grassland [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/Liu Jie]
Xilin Gol, in Mongolian, means “rivers in among the hills”. In the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, it’s home to significant flora and is a network member of UNESCO’s “International Biosphere Reserve”.

Best time to visit: May-August.

Entry: free

2. Narat Grassland 那拉提草原

Narat Grassland [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/ Jiang Xiaoming]
Narat Grassland [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/ Jiang Xiaoming]
Narat Grassland, located in the fertile Yili River Valley, is one of Xinjiang’s most renowned grasslands. The beautiful scenery and Kazak folk customs make this a must-go area.

Best time to visit: June-Sept.

Entry: 75 yuan/person (June-Sept.); 60 yuan/person (April-May, Oct.-Nov.); 37.5 yuan/person (Dec.-March)

1.Hulun Buir Grassland 呼伦贝尔草原

Hulun Buir Grassland [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/ Han Jiajun]
Hulun Buir Grassland [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/Han Jiajun]
Located west of Hulun Buir City, this grassland gets its name from Hulun Lake and Buir Lake which inhabit it. As the most fertile meadow in China, the Hulun Buir Grassland has been crowned the “Kingdom of Grass”.  If you go in July or August during the Nadaam festival, make sure to see some Mongolian wrestling or archery.

Best time to visit: June-September.

Entry: 20 yuan/person

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