The Yellow River in Guide (known as Trika ཁྲི་ག་ in Tibetan) is one of the most scenic sections of the 3400 mile/5460kms long river. According to the Chinese, the Yellow River is the cleanest in Guide. After flowing from its source in Yushu Tibet Autonomous Prefecture, it then flows through Golog Tibet Autonomous Prefecture before heading north to Guide county. Guide sits 110kms/69 miles south of Xining (ཟི་ལིང་) in the Amdo (ཨ༌མདོ) region of Tibet.
The area around Guide (pronounced gway-duh) is some of the most fertile land in all of Tibet. Most people are farmers who grow wheat and barley. Guide has a mixed population of Tibetans, Chinese and Hui (a Muslim people group). Though still relatively unknown to most foreigners, Guide is becoming a more popular tourist destination. Along with the Yellow River, Guide also has numerous hot springs and Tibetan monasteries. The drive from Xining takes you through nomadic grasslands full of yaks and sheep and through some beautiful red rock mountains which are great for exploring.