Mǎduō (玛多) is a burgeoning town now popular as a launch pad for visits to Zhālíng and Èlíng Lakes, purportedly the source of the Yellow River. The town isn't much more than two streets but there are a couple of good hotels and eating options. Remember this area is over 4000m high so altitude sickness is a real risk. Consider coming from Yùshù (3680m) rather than Xīníng (2275m) so you don’t have to ascend too much in one go. Temperatures in Mǎduō can drop to near zero even in summer so come prepared.
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