Early day.. Alarm at 6:30, a quick breakfast and boarding the bus. Quite a lot of students also joined the tour to the aquaculture facilities. Some also brought their children. Including the presenters from yesterday, we were more than 35 people.
We spent a lot of time in the bus, so I had time to write something about Xining and Qinghai. This area was very different to the coastal cities. Cooler climate, clean air and low humidity gave it a very pleasant climate in the summer months. The population was multi-ethical with a high muslim proportion. I heard that more than 60 different ethical group live in the region. The food was also different and the muslim influence was pretty obvious in this regard. Pork dishes were replaced by lamb and yak dishes. The people here were confident to have one of the best cuisines in China. Because of the altitude of more than 2000m, it was popular among athletes for training camps as well.
We drove through an impressive highland area until we arrived at the aquaculture lake after three hours.
The lake was kind of the source of the yellow river and located in a very remote area.
After arrival, we went to a boat, which brought us to one of the big fish farms in the lake.
They were rearing triploid rainbow trout here and the whole facility was bought from Norway. The lake had an average temperature of 10 degrees Celsius and the water originated of rain and melting water. There were several farms in the lake and according to the information I got, the trout grows to at least 3kg and up to 5kg. There were well boats leaving every day with fish downstream on the river. Then the fish gets processed and sent to cities in China within 24 hours. An impressive production line in this area.
Back in the local village, we got lunch from the manager of the farm, a very dedicated and warm hearted guy. We had a couple of vodka together yesterday already.
The lunch was great and of course, mostly fish dishes.
I also had the chance to try the “thousand years egg”. Eggs which were covered with clay and stored like this for a long time. They turn to a strange black-green color and honestly, look pretty much rotten. But they taste just like freshly boiled eggs. After trying, I can’t say anything bad about them.
Then back into the bus and another two hours, where I finally managed to sleep a bit.
When I woke up, we reached the biggest lake in China, or actually only a smaller lake just in front of the big one.
The actual huge lake with salty and alkaline water was a bit further. We didn’t get close, so I only got this picture.
We had some more photo stops on the way in the impressive landscape.
The local ethnic groups sold quad racing and sand sledding on the side of the road.
Endless roads on the plateau.
Then we drove back to Xining.
We arrived at 19:30 after a long day in the bus. Last point on the schedule today was dinner. We went to a restaurant, serving local food. Most dishes were very good. They use a different kind of spice mix here and more fat. What I couldn’t eat was sheep stomach soup. I still can’t stand inner organs of any kind anyway but this soup was hardcore. The tea was very nice though, mixed with spices and fruits. You drink from the same pot, refilling with hot water throughout the dinner:
I was in bed at 23 o’clock and really done. Tomorrow will be an relaxing day again, finally.