Performers dance during the traditional “Anzhaonadun” festival, at Minhe Hui and Tu autonomous county in Haidong city, Northwest China’s Qinghai province, Aug 25, 2015. 

The traditional “Anzhaonadun”, which means “hearty entertainment” in Tu language, is an annual carnival observed by the Tu people to honor the year’s crop production. This 63-day-long festival, dubbed as the “World’s Longest Carnival”, kicked off here Tuesday.


The Dongguan Mosque(西宁东关清真大寺) is a famous mosque. It is located in eastern Xiling City, and is the largest mosque in Qinghai province and one of the four greatest mosques in Northwest China. First built in 1379 during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), the mosque enjoys a long history of more than 600 years and still remains the most well preserved ancient building. 

 Architecture of the mosque combines traditional Chinese style with the local features, with grand appearance and delicate, dazzlingly inside ornaments. Now this mosque serves as an educational center and institution of higher learning for Islamism, and also is the leading mosque in Qinghai.


For @hynpos2 week myth event: Day 8: favorite Chinese deity pair/group➡ The Four Dragon Kings of the Four Seas

Each one of the four Dragon Kings of the Four Seas is associated to a colour and a body of water corresponding to one of the four cardinal directions and natural boundaries of China. The Azure Dragon or Blue-Green Dragon, or Green Dragon, is the Dragon God of the east, and of the essence of spring. His proper name is Ao Guang (敖廣), and he is the patron of the East China Sea. The Red Dragon is the Dragon God of the south and of the essence of summer. He is the patron of the South China Sea and his proper name is Ao Qin (敖欽). The White Dragon is the Dragon God of the west and the essence of autumn. His proper names are Ao Run (敖閏), Ao Jun (敖君) or Ao Ji (敖吉). He is the patron of Qinghai Lake. The Black Dragon, also called “Dark Dragon” or “Mysterious Dragon”, is the Dragon God of the north and the essence of winter. His proper names are Ao Shun (敖順) or Ao Ming (敖明), and his body of water is Lake Baikal.

The shores of Qinghai Lake in China are captured in this Overview. The lake is the largest in the country, covering 1,667 square miles (4317 square km), which is nearly one and a half times the size of the state of Rhode Island.
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Tibetan fox Fox Tibetan ( Vulpes ferrilata )

Photography: Pei Jingde

source-Endangered Species Program image program (China)
Tibetan fox Fox Tibetan ( Vulpes ferrilata )
Mammalia Carnivora Canidae
Species profile: Tibetan fox is highly distributed at an altitude of 2000-5200 meters in alpine meadows, alpine grasslands, desolate prairie and mountain Arid and semi-arid areas, food mainly pika and other rodents, living alone in the morning and evening activities.
Distribution: Gansu, Qinghai, Sichuan, Tibet, Xinjiang, Yunnan,
China Species Red List: Endangered EN
protection levels : national protection of beneficial or of important economic or scientific value of terrestrial wildlife    
CITES Appendix: not included
Threatening factors: habitat harsh, human disturbance and irrational exploitation, excessive hunting and illegal trade.

Sky Burial.

Sky burial (Tibetan: Wylie: bya gtor, lit. “bird-scattered) is a funeral practice in which a human corpse is placed on a mountaintop to decompose while exposing to the elements or to be eaten by scavenging animals, especially birds of prey. It is a specific type of the general practice of excarnation. It is practiced in the Chinese provinces of Tibet, Qinghai, Sichuan and Inner Mongolia, and in Mongolia proper. The locations of preparation and sky burial are understood in the Vajrayana Buddhist traditions as charnel grounds. Comparable practices are part of Zoroastrian burial practices where deceased are exposed to the elements and birds of prey on stone structures called Dakhma. Few such places remain operational today due to religious marginalisation, urbanisation and the decimation of vulture populations.

The majority of Tibetan people and many Mongols adhere to Vajrayana Buddhism, which teaches the transmigration of spirits. There is no need to preserve the body, as it is now an empty vessel. Birds may eat it or nature may cause it to decompose. The function of the sky burial is simply to dispose of the remains in as generous a way as possible (the source of the practice’s Tibetan name). In much of Tibet and Qinghai, the ground is too hard and rocky to dig a grave, and, due to the scarcity of fuel and timber, sky burials were typically more practical than the traditional Buddhist practice of cremation. In the past, cremation was limited to high lamas and some other dignitaries, but modern technology and difficulties with sky burial have led to its increasing use by commoners.

They can be found deep inside a badly eroded pyramid standing on top of Mount Baigong in the Qinghai Province of northwestern China. The one entrance thats remains goes deep inside the pyramid. Iron scraps and strange looking stones litter the floor, suggesting that a long time ago, this place saw activity. The only surviving cave houses an intricate network of metal pipes, with diameters as large as 1.5 feet and as small as a toothpick. Dozens of pipes run straight into the mountain, leading who knows where

Analysis performed at a government ran smeltery determined that the pipes where made up of 8% unknown material, human presence in the area can be tracked back 30,000 years but was mainly composed of nomadic tribes, it’s believed that it would of been impossible for such a primitive society to of left behind such an advanced sctrucure. Could this be proof of ancient aliens?