April 10,2017--The ancient salt wells of Mangkang County, Chamdo City, Tibet Autonomous Region preserves the most primitive way of manual baysalt. Since 2016, the number of tourists who travel to Mankang salt wells has reached 540000 and the tourism revenue has reached 75 million yuan. In the first quarter of this year, the number of tourists has reached 54000 and the tourism revenue has reached 6 million yuan. Recently, according to the Tourism Bureau of Mangkang County, Chanmdo City will create east Tibet's first national 5A-class scenic spot, which centers around Mangkang ancient salt wells.
Declaration work has started since March
According to the special meeting on the declaration and preparation work of Mangkang salt wells, apart from enjoying the most ancient and primitive salt well culture, Mangkang also has holy mountains, sacred lakes, rare animals, holy religious sites and beautiful scenery. By integrating these resources, amazing salt well culture can be derived. In addition, it also provides enough natural and human resources for Mangkang ancient salt wells to be created as national 5A-class scenic spot. Now, Mangkang ancient salt wells are renowned as national 4A-class scenic spot and national key cultural protection unit.
“Depending on unique primitive baysalt method and special natural environment , Mangkang ancient salt wells have become a wonder of the world that integrates nature with humanity. Since March this year, the declaration work has started. In addition, infrastructures in the scenic spot is being reconstructed and perfected,” says Tashi Dhondup, deputy director of the Tourism Bureau of Mangkang County.
Various featured scenic spots
In the Mangkang ancient salt wells scenic spot, tourists can not only enjoy unique and beautiful scenery, but also can see the whole process of manual baysalt, primitive means of production, and folk custom. In the Ancient Tea-Horse Road & Tibet Salt Well History Cultural Exhibition Hall, tourists can learn the stories and history of tea trading. In Naxi nationality township, tourists can experience the local custom.
In addition, tourists can taste unique Tibetan food and rest in restaurants with Tibetan characteristics. In Qucainka Town, tourists can enjoy a hot spring to alleviate travel fatigue.