Ami Dongsuo Scenic Area, Qinghai province
(阿咪东索景区ā mī dōng suǒ jǐng qū)
Location: Qilian county, Haibei Tibetan autonomous prefecture, Qinghai province
Scenic Spot Level: AAAAA
Opening Hours: 7:00-19:00
General admission: 30 yuan ($4.64)/person
1. Children under 1.2 meters (inclusive) in height and senior citizens aged 70 (inclusive) and above, people who have a disability, tour guides, reporters, servicemen, local residents from Qilian county, and the members of the Qinghai Photographers Association can enter free of charge.
2. Half-price concessions are available for minors aged between 6 (inclusive) and 18 (exclusive), senior citizens aged between 60 (inclusive) and 70 (exclusive), and full-time university undergraduates and postgraduates.
In the Tibetan language, "Amin Dongsuo" means "post guarded by a thousand soldiers". According to the Tibetan topographical culture, the terrain around the Ami Dongsuo Mountain symbolizes auspiciousness. And the Tibetan, Mongolian, and Yugur people in Qilian county who believe in Tibetan Buddhism worship the Ami Dongsuo Mountain as a king among the sacred mountains in the Qilian region.
With an altitude of 4,667 meters, the Ami Dongsuo Mountain boasts stunning views in all four seasons. In the spring, there is a rolling sea of wheat at the foot of the mountain, together with the fragrance of canola flowers; in the summer, the grasses of the pasture look like a green carpet, and have been known as an excellent pasture at the foot of the mountain since ancient times; in the autumn, at the middle of the mountain, lush bushes resemble a sea of forests; In the winter, vegetation on the mountain becomes sparse, and the snow at the top of the mountain never melts.
As the most beautiful sightseeing platform in western China, the Ami Dongsuo Tourist Area is home to a whole vertical natural landscape belt around the Qilian Mountains, consisting of red cliffs on the Zhuo’er Mountain, snowy scenery on the Ami Dongsuo Mountain, the best grassland in China, and the beauty and ecological harmony of the surrounding waters in Qilian.
In the Ami Dongsuo Tourist Area, the Ami Dongsuo Scenic Area covers a total area of 12.47 square kilometers, reaching altitudes of between 2,880 meters and 3,500 meters. Located in a huge valley that features well-preserved primitive ecological scenes such as babbling flowing water, clouds and mists, and various wild plants, it includes the Flower Sea of Plateau, the Grassland, the Camping Base, the Penjing Bay, the Wanfo Cliff, and the Platform for Prayers.