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Rawo-tso Lake

Rawo-tso Lake is situated in the southwest of Baxiu County in Chamdo prefecture. The elevation of the lake is 3,850m, and it covers an area of 22 square meters. It's a barrier lake formed because of a river clogging resulting from landslide and mud-rock flows. And it's the largest lake in the east of Tibet.

In Tibetan Rawo means 'a lake piled up with corpses'. There was a legend, in the old days there was a water buffalo in the lake, while a cattle on the lakeshore. They fought against each other firecely and they both died in the end. They two have turned into mountains and right in the middle it was the lake Rawo.

Rawo-tso Lake is famous near and far for its tranquility and blue. Dead branches or wastes are hardly seen in the lake and it's quite rich in colors. Grassland, forest, autumn leaves, and white water birds and varicolored pebbles are reflected in the clear lake, just like a beautiful picture.

Ranwu-tso Lake is surrounded by many scenic highlights: the snow mountain in the southwest, the Azhagongla Glacier in the south and the Bosula Peak in the northeast. The melted snow and ice supply the lake with sufficient water. They are also the important source of many rivers such as Yarlong Tsangpo. The green grassland around the lake, the sky-blue lake water and the white snow mountains constitute a very pretty watercolor. Long and narrow Amucuo Lake shrinks westwards and finally became a river valley. Its water takes on different colors in different seasons of a year and the water surface is dotted with isles or reefs.

Many of the peaks surrounding the Rawo-tso Lake are over 5,000 meters high and thus are permanently locked with glaciers. The foot of these peaks, however, is green with pines and cypresses. Rawo-tso Lake is especially womanish and tranquil in the arms of the peaks. Her beauty goes beyond words. The browsing herds of cattle and sheep, the barley paddy, bean and cabbage field form an oil painting that can be seen no elsewhere.


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