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Jinyintan pasture is located in Haiyan County of Qinghai Province. Haibei was the home area of the Qiang, an ancient group who were the forebears of the later Tibetans. In 120BC, the Han (206BC-220AD) Troop entered this area and the Qiang people moved to the foot of Qilian Mountains. Administrative bodies began to be established here in the year 4AD. The Haibei Tibetan Autonomous Region was founded in 1953 and renamed as the Haibei Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in 1995. |
Jinyintan pasture is adjacent to Baoshan and Qinghai Lake. There is mountainous area in the north and in the east around the grasslands. To the south, it connects with Sanjiao city of Haiyan County (Sanjiao city is the relics of Xihai Prefecture, which was built in the reign of Wang Mang of Western Han Dynasty). There are Mapi River and Halilu River crossing the great grassland, which covers an area of 1,100 square kilometers.
Jinyintan(Gold and Silver beach) pasture is divided into Jintan(Gold beach) and yintan(Silver beach). Jintan is named because on the north bank of the pasture grow a type of golden yellow fragrant tiny flowers called Jinlumei(gold dew blossom). Yintan is called because on the south bank of the pasture grow abundantly the silver white Yinglumei(silver dew blossom) flowers.
The golden seasons of the grasslands are July, August and September, when the flowers are blooming and many birds are flying in the sky. In particular, the voice of the larks is fascinating. In Jintan and Yintan Grasslands, there are fertilized soil, lush grass, expansive blue sky, floating white clouds, herds of cattle and sheep, scattered camps and melodious pastorals.
Besides its beautiful landscape, Jinyintan pasture rose to its highest fame for another reason: it is at this place that late Mr. Wang Luobin, king of west country songs, was inspired to compose in the Place Faraway, his everlasting song. In the late 1930s, Wang Luobin faced the glorious grasslands of Jintan and Yintan, the dark green Qinghai Lake, rustic and kind Tibetan girls, and composed this song with passion.
Location: 5 km to the west of Xihai town, Haibei prefecture