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A trip to the source of the Yellow River in Qinghai is a revelation for reporter Chen Nan.
Before the Yellow River turns yellow - because of the silt it carries downstream, the river runs clear and blue, through the mountains on the northeastern part of the Tibetan Plateau, with an average elevation of more than 3,000 meters above sea level.
That's what I was told before my trip to the origin of the country's second longest river in Qinghai province - but I had my doubts.
"How clean is the Yellow River?" I ask Li Zhiqiang, who works with the local publicity office, on our way from Qinghai's provincial capital Xining to Guide county.
Li picks up a bottle of drinking water and says, "As clean as this."
Even so, I still had my doubts.
The 200 km ride is not easy. The unpaved one-lane road is bumpy and winding. One of the hardest parts is crossing the 4,000-meter high Laji Mountain, which took about three hours.
The government has invested in building a highway from Xining to Guide county, and an underground tunnel is also planned.
The landscape on either side of the road is pristine and unfolds like a scene from a postcard. Some hills are coated in lush greenery, dotted with herds of sheep and white tents. Far in the distance are snow-capped mountains towering into the blue sky. Even the black, slow-moving and hairy Tibetan yaks suit the scene.
In the valleys, young Tibetan women in pink headscarves sit on the ground, talking and laughing while working on handicrafts, while men drift by herding yaks.