Maqu is a county-level town in Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in the southern part of Gansu Province.
The Yellow River passes through Gansu Province forming a 433-km bending known as “first bend of the Yellow River” right inside Maqu county on the edge of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau.
Maqu means “Yellow River” in the Tibetan language, and Maqu is the only county in China that is named after the Yellow River.
Maqu County covers a total area of 10109 square kilometers, of which 89.4% is natural pasture. Vast grassland, dotted lakes and wetlands build the region into a complete water system.
Maqu has a winter that is long and cold, while summer is relatively short and mild.
The Maqu Yellow River bridge is located in Maqu County of Gansu province. It is the first the Yellow River bridge built on the upper reaches of the Yellow River.
The Maqu Wetland Reserve is an alpine swamp wetland, it is one of the most primitive and typical wetland in the Tibetan Plateau.
In this sparsely populated area, yaks, horses, sheep, and goshawks still dominate the land.
The Yellow River is known as the cradle of Chinese civilization, it winds its way more than 5,000 kilometers from the Tibetan Plateau to its mouth in the Bohai Sea.
Maqu still have many Tibetans who live part of the year in traditional nomad tents, though many of them have been resettled over the past 10 years to resettlement villages.
This region of the Tibetan Plateau is one of the best to visit if you are interested in Tibetan nomadic culture and lifestyle.