Qinghai, the Chinese province devastated by the recent earthquake is one of the most remote and beautiful regions on earth. Here are some wonderful images from this mysterious land.
1. Rapeseed in bloom
Rapeseed fields in Menyuan country. Qinghai is one of the leading rapeseed producing regions in China.
2. Storm over high plains
A storm approaches the plains.
3. Immense sheep pastures
The rolling pastures of Tibetan Plateau are ideal grazing grounds.
4. Utter remoteness
Camped in the wilderness.
5. Qinghai lake
The beautiful Qinghai lake is the largest lake in China.
6. Rapeseed around Qinghai lake
The lake is surrounded by a sea of rapeseed fields.
7. Yak ride
Chinese tourists on the shores of Qinghai lake getting photographed in traditional attire.
8. Under the rainshadow
Desiccated Martian landscape in Eastern Qinghai.
9. The Dongguan Mosque
The 600 year old Dongguan Mosque. Qinghai has a sizable ethnic Hui Muslim minority.
10. Lonely Highway
The Qinghai-Yunan highway runs though some of the most desolate scenery on the planet.
11. Drunk driving warning
A creative drive safe warning on the highway.
12. Wilderness Express
The Qinghai-Tibet railway is perhaps the most picturesque railway line in the world.
13. At the foot of Giants
The railway approaching snow-covered peaks.
14. Hui Boy
A young Hui.
15. Tibetean Man
A Qinghai ethnic Tibetan.