How long has it been since you looked up at the sky full of stars?

  Can you still remember the romance of "picking the stars" in the deep night sky when you were a child?

  Today coincides with the "Earth Hour" event day in 2022. Why not turn off the lights and accompany the starry sky, follow Xiaoxin's lens, and go to Tibet to experience the tranquility and poetry under the vast starry sky.

  Let's start the journey of "star chasing" in Tibet from this group of beautiful pictures of the starry sky——

Hoshitori Hirao Kuo·Shannan

Photo by China News Agency reporter Jiang Feibo

The Galaxy Wants to Turn Thousand Sails Dance · Yadong

Photo by Jin Zijiang

The stars twinkle, the bright river is in the sky Ali

Photo by Luo Song Cicheng

Suspected to be the Milky Way Falling Nine Heavens Shannan

Photo by Zhang Wei

Brilliant Xinghan Shannan

Photo by Zhang Wei

Stars list Ye Mingshen·Gyantse Castle

Photo by Jin Zijiang

Hands can pick the stars · Lulang Town

Photo by China News Agency reporter He Penglei

Lying down and looking at the Milky Way

Photo by Zhang Wei

As if on the galaxy, Lake Cuo'e

Photo by China News Agency reporter Sun Zifa

Counting the stars in Tibet

These two world dark night protected areas are not to be missed

  "The Roof of the World" Tibet is an out-and-out stargazing paradise.

In this place closest to the sky, the sky is like a waterfall in the dark night, and the stars are like diamonds, which is only a scene in fairy tales.

  Located in the Ngari area on the Western Tibetan Plateau and Nagqu on the Northern Tibetan Plateau, due to the high number of sunny nights, less light pollution, high atmospheric transparency, and high altitude, it has become an excellent astronomical observation point recognized by industry insiders.

  Since 2013, Tibet has launched dark night protection work, and China's first pilot projects of "dark night protection areas" have been implemented in Ali and Nagqu.

  Among them, "China Dark Night Sky Reserve·Ali" is located in a mountainous area 30 kilometers south of Shiquanhe Town in Ali, with an average altitude of 4,200 meters, an observatory at an altitude of 5,100 meters, and a clear sky rate of over 80%.

"China Dark Night Starry Sky Reserve Nagqu" is located 13 kilometers south of Luoma Town, Seni District, Nagqu County, with an average altitude of 4,600 meters, with Hangcuo Lake Bird Island as the core area.

Tibet Ali Starry Sky.

Photo by Luo Song Cicheng

  In 2018, Tibet’s Ali and Nagqu Dark Night Sky Protected Areas were officially included in the “World Directory of Dark Night Protected Areas”, becoming China’s first dark night protected areas recognized by international organizations.

Both places have established dark night parks that integrate popular science, tourism, and observation.

  Under the dark night, people look up, explore the boundlessness of the universe, and feel the romance of the stars.

Ali Star.

Photo by China News Agency reporter Jiang Feibo

This stargazing map

Let you meet the dream galaxy as you wish

  In Tibet, except for two dark night parks, there are not many places where you can see the dreamy starry sky.

  The Mount Everest Base Camp at an altitude of 5,200 meters, the Milky Way across the sky and the highest peak in the world are in the same frame.

Star trails on the Zhuomulari Snow Mountain.

Photo by Jin Zijiang

  In Suosong Village, Linzhi, it is difficult to find a more romantic place than the starry sky at the top of Nanga Bawa Peak, "the most beautiful mountain in China".

Namco starry sky.

Photo by China News Agency reporter Gonggar Laisong

  In Tibet, some historic palaces and temples are also good places for stargazing.

The starry sky and the ancient buildings mirror each other, as if time stands still, and the moment is eternity.

Gyantse, Tibet, photo by Jin Zijiang on the star trail above Baiju Temple

Ali, Tibet, starry sky and pagoda.

Photo by Luo Song Cicheng

Gyantse, Tibet, starry sky and prayer flag pillars.

Photo by Jin Zijiang

  In fact, going to Tibet to "chasing the stars", in addition to the core star observation, can also be combined with popular science environmental protection, ecological travel, and Tibetan cultural customs.

Star travel can have "one hundred ways to play".

  At the foot of Nanga Bawa Peak, a New Year's Eve Star Music Carnival was held.

Bonfires, folk songs, Guozhuang, and the bright night sky above, is there a more unforgettable New Year's Eve ceremony than this?

Tibet, camping under the stars.

Photo by China News Agency reporter Jiang Feibo

Two-thirds of the world's cities are hard to see the Milky Way

To keep the bright starry sky, only to guard the "dark night"

  At night in Tibet, you can almost see the starry sky when you look up.

But many bustling and bustling cities cannot have this romance.

  The rotation of the sun, the moon and the stars, the alternation of light and darkness, is the law of the earth's operation for hundreds of millions of years.

However, as more and more artificial lighting lights up the night, "light pollution" is inevitable.

The natural day and night pattern changes, leaving the starry sky in many cities without a trace.

The night sky of Lulang Town, Nyingchi, Tibet is bright.

Photo by China News Agency reporter He Penglei

  At the first China Dark Starry Sky Reserve Conference held in 2019, experts said that "two-thirds of cities in the world have lost sight of the Milky Way"...

  Since the beginning of mankind, people have been immersed in the vastness of the night sky.

This starry sky has inspired countless science, philosophy, art and literature.

Keeping the bright starry sky requires us to guard the "dark night".

Gyantse, Tibet, the night sky is bright.

Photo by Jin Zijiang

  May each of us have a starry sky above our heads and philosophical thoughts in our hearts.

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