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16:43 Jan 11 2010

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Ancient Tibetan salt field discovered in Sanjiangyuan
16:34, January 11, 2010  

The Baizha salt field in Nangqian County, Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture. ( file Photo)

Recently, an ancient salt field which still adopts traditional Tibetan crafts was found in Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sanjiangyuan District in Qinghai province.

This ancient salt field is located in Duolunduo village, Nangqian County in Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture. The salt field which faces south is 235 meters wide and 281 meters long, and the total area is 66,035 square kilometers.

According to the head of Yushu Cultural Relics Control Station, the salt field is an ethnic light industry workshop which still maintains the ancient traditional salt manufacturing crafts. It has been proved that the salt field has been used since Qing Dynasty when salt was fist sold to the surrounding areas.

Nangqian County is located in the famous Sanjiang metallogenic belt. The mineral resources here are very rich because of the diverse geology. The salt mine in Nangqian County is especially rich.

In the 1960s and 1970s, Duolunduo salt field was the only salt producing place in the interchange district of Qinghai, Tibet and Sichuan which has 3,500 ton annual capacity. Salt produced by the locals here was mainly sold to Qamdo and also the west of Sichuan and north-west of Yunnan.

As the salt field still adopts the traditional crafts and all the salt is not polluted in any way, the produces here are still very popular today.

To date, the salt manufacturing technique has been kept within the original collective of manual work methods. The people in the village collect salt water periodically, after which the salt water was channeled into the preferred saltern. After the salt water evaporates naturally, the remaining granulated salt is collected and transport to the warehouse by horse.

By People's Daily Online

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