柴达木盆地 The Qaidam Basin
The Qaidam Basin
The Qaidam Basin, the third largest basin in China, has an area of about 250,000 km2, and is located in Qinghai Province northeast of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. The average altitude of the bottom of the basin is about 2,600 -3,000 m, the highest in China.
The bottom of the basin is very wide and flat so that it feels like crossing an ordinary plateau.
There are rich mineral resources in the Qaidam Basin, such as the "four great treasures": salt, oil, lead zinc and borax.
There is so much salt, in fact, that it is actually a salt world! There are more than 100 salt lakes. The total salt reserves reach 60 billion tn. Here we can see airport and houses built by salt.