Me-tog stone pot
People have Tibet travel must heard Me-tog, the last village of Chinese territory flowed through
by the Yarlung Zangbo River before it feeds into India River. Located in the southeastern Tibet,
Me-tog is also the most remote village with impassability highway that produces the stone pot.
Because the bad environment and frequent disasters in Yarlung Zangbo River which constitutes
the huge barriers and gaps that hardly step over, Me-tog becomes the longly island of plateau, ar
away from the modern society, idyllic as Arcadia. What's more, the outside story goes that Me-tog
is a land of mystery called "white corner and white horse hill "which means hidden lotus shrine by
Pangxin in Me-tog is the main produce area of stone pot. The locals take the stone from Mt.
Namcha Barwa (people travel to Everest Base Camp must know it is the 15th highest mountain in
the world)to chisel pot. That so called "black stone" is very special only can be seen in Me-tog.
This kind of stone is very valued soapstone with quality of soft material in the world. The
barrel-sharped gray stone pot is resistant to high temperature of 2000 centigrade. If you use the
stone pot cook food, the food will have more fragrant and delicious soup that taste mellow and the
smell lasts longer. It is said that when you often use the stone pot cooking food, it has obvious
healthy care for human body especially for hypertension, heart disease, cardiovascular and
cerebrovascular disease patients.
Because of the special climate the quarrying time is limited only in July and August. Quarriers
will prepare enough food, water and firewood before enter the mountain. While the stone pots
are finished, the locals carry them by yak and horses and soak them in Yarlung Zangbo River
about 30 days before use. Tibetans like cooking by the stone pot since ancient times. Now the
stone pot ever used by Sontzen gampo is still kept in the Potala Palace that the living Buddha and
aristocracy have their private stone pot in history. When you have your China Tibet travel, please
keep an eye on the Me-tog stone pot, maybe you will find something interesting.