Hongyuan is located at the south of the Zoigê grasslands in the eastern part of the Tibetan Plateau, Sichuan, China. In this high-altitude weather, the local nomadic tribes make their livings by animal husbandry.
The ecological livestock shelter is established by the Southwest University of Nationalities as one of their important empower-the-poor projects with goals to shelter livestock at high altitude areas during winter time.
Due to limited budget, the shelter is built by the herdsmen themselves with easily accessible local resources such as stone, earth and meadow to reduce costs.
The entire construction time takes about 15 days.
By transferring the original surface meadow to the roof and filing the wall with the dug-out earth during foundation work, the shelter seems to emerge slowly from the prairie out of now where.
Winter is coming~
This shelter provides a safe and warm resting place for the baby yaks. By the time of spring, the wall will be covered with grass for feeding.