Expanses of open grassland dotted with Tibetans and their grazing yak herds highlight a trip to the village of Sāngkē, 14km from Xiàhé. Development has turned the area into a small circus, complete with touristy horse rides and fake yurts, but there is good hiking in the nearby hills and you can keep going to more distant and pristine grasslands in the direction of Amchog.
You can cycle to Sāngkē from Xiàhé in about one hour. A taxi costs ¥50 return, or ¥250 for an English-speaking guide and driver; enquire at Snowy Mountain Cafe. The grasslands are lushest in summer.