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Famed as the “A Chosen-Out Wonderful Place”
, Damxong is an important stop at the Qinghai-
Tibet Railway. Here grass grows more
exuberantly, and there is more water. It can be
considered as alpine everglade grassland.
Now the mountains in the distance have a
more cheerful look. And we can catch sight of
some Tibetan houses of the new settlers. The
cattle and sheep are grazing around. These
houses, though small, pass on to us an
enough sense of homesickness. On our way to
Dangquka Station, green grass and human
activities have been on the increase.
 70 kilometers west of Dangquka lies Namco
Lake (4718 meters above sea level), which is
the highest lake in the world, and the second
largest salt water lake in China after Qinghai
Lake. Fed by the tributaries of snow melt waters
from the Nyainqen Tonglha Mountains, the lake
has limpid water reflecting the blue sky. As a
natural habitat, it attracts bevies of wild ducks at
the beginning of every summer. The lake teems
with tiny-scaled fish and scaledless fish typical of an alpine lake. Around the lake live some wild life such as black bear, wild yak, wild ass, blue
sheep, fox, roe and marmot. The lake region also abounds with valuable rare medicinal herbs such as Caterpillar Fungus, Caladium and snow

Damxung, located in the middle of Tibet, is 160km from the capital Lhasa. Tibetans regard it as the northern gate to the regional capital.
In Tibetan, Damxung means "the choice place". It has the best grassland in Changtang and is the only county devoted to animal husbandry.
Sitting at an elevation of 4,300 metres, it is intersected by the Nyainqentanglha Mountains, and has a total area of 12,000 square kilometres.
The county exercises jurisdiction over six townships and two towns. Tibetans account for the bulk of the county population, with the rest from the
Mongolian, Hui and Han ethnic groups.

The period from May to October is the best season to visit. While the Nyainqentanglha Mountain is still covered with snow, the land at its foot is
green and dotted with white sheep and black cows.

The area lives on livestock breeding, and the many domestic animals include goats, sheep, yaks, buffaloes and horses. Major animal by-
products include butter, milk, meat, sheep wool, cashmere and animal hides. When winter comes, the locals sell the best part of their mutton
and beef in return for cash or needed daily necessities. Most of the butter, beef and mutton sold in Lhasa comes from Damxung.


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