Set at 4700m and frozen over from November to May, Namtso (Sky Lake) is 70km long and 30km wide, the second-largest saltwater lake in China (only Qinghai Lake is bigger). The scenery comes straight from a dream image of Tibet, with snowcapped mountains towering behind the massive lake and yaks grazing on the plains around nomadic herders’ tents.

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