Standing atop the Relawo Mountain in Chenduo County, Qinghai Province, one is rewarded with a panoramic view over the spectacular snaking meanderings of the Tongtian River. Unlike those running through grasslands or wetlands, the meanders here cut deeply into the rocky mountains, as if they are“ embedded”into them. Along the main stream of the Yangtze River, most snakings and twisting concentrate in this section of the Tongtian River.

For Chinese, spring is the season to express one’s gratitude. In honor of Li Bing and his son, builders of the well-known Dujiangyan Irrigation System in Sichuan Province, people in this area hold a Water Drainage Festival every Qingming (Clear and Bright).

During the ceremony, villagers carry“child mediums” to complete the most important procedure —“ sea charge”. Led by a man holding a flag, teams of male villagers carrying sedan chairs run wildly into the sea.

Flower is one of the main themes of Neolithic painted pottery, which is represented in Yangshao cultural relics unearthed during excavations at the Miaodigou Site. These four images show the unfolded surfaces of typical flower patterned pottery.

Meanders are not the only landscape here in the Tongtian River area. Ponds, such as the distinctively colorful one in the photo, are found at places with hot springs. The diversity of colors derives from different kinds of mineral sediments. Standing near the pond presents a unique experience, as if one is visiting a mineral terraced field shrouded in gentle, white mist.

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