Qinghai Province, located in the inland northwestern China, is a mysterious pearl on the lofty Qinghai Tibet Plateau. It features both in stunning plateau natural landscape and longlasting ethnic and Buddhism culture and history. Qinghai abounds in natural beauty, with lush valleys around the capital of Xining, and miles of unspoilt wilderness around the Qinghai Lake which is the largest lake in China. It also houses one of the oldest and greatest Tibetan monasteries, Taer Monastery. Qinghai also provides the most important transportation access into Tibet - Qinghai Tibet Railway.
If you make Xining as a stopover in your China tour, you can spend only one or two days to visit the top attractions, such as Qinghai Lake, Taer Monastery, Dongguan Mosque. If you want to explore more places in Qinghai, the southern Tongren area is a great place with strong atmosphere of Tibetan Buddhist culture.
It is a great idea to extend your trip in Qinghai to nearby Gansu, Sichuan or Tibet. About 7~9 days are needed to travel Qinghai with Lanzhou, Zhangye, Jiayuguan and Dunhuang in Gansu. Travel southwards, you can get to Sichuan to visit Jiuzhaigou and Chengdu, which will takes about 8~10 days. As a gateway city to Tibet, take a train to Lhasa from Xining is very recommended - short travel but see a lot.
The suggested itineraries below cover the most popular destinations in Qinghai. Whether you are a first-time visitor who wants to experience the highlights, a natural scenery lover eyeing Qinghai Lake, or dreaming of a cultural adventure in Qinghai has a diversified ethnic culture, you will find top suggestions here. All of them can be customized into your own personalized Qinghai tour.
Xining - Qinghai Lake - Tibet Sky Train - Lhasa
Xining - Qinghai Lake - Zhangye - Badain Jaran Desert
Xining - Kanbula National Forest Park - Tongren - Dawu - Amne Mach
Xining - Kanbula National Forest Park - Qinghai Lake
Xining - Qinghai Lake - Chaka Salt Lake Tour
Xining - Qinghai Lake - Tongren - Xining
Qinghai is vast and diverse with lots of amazing places to explore. The most popular and frequently visited destinations are Qinghai Lake, Chaka Salt Lake and Xining. Within 1.5 hours’ driving distance from Xining, you can go to Kanbula National Forest Park and about 2.5 hours’ drive to Tongren. These destinations are all suitable for a day trip each. During your Xining day tour, Kumbum Monastery and Dongguan Mosque are the most important landmarks. While in Qinghai Lake and Chaka Salt Lake, you can get enough time to capture the best parts and try different ways of tour, such as by sightseeing cruise, train, walking, etc. In Tongren, you can visit Rongwo Monastery and large collections of delicate Buddhist murals, paintings, sculptures and barbola in Wutun Monastery. For travelers to Kanbula, you can have a full day to enjoy an off-the-beaten-track geographic adventure of Yellow River and Danxia mountains in Kanbula National Forest Park.
Our always masters the most comprehensive travel information and latest news. For first-timers to Qinghai or who are planning a further discovery of more good places, it’s very helpful to know the ess You can read the Qinghai destination map below to see the locations of major destination, and learn more about the most recommended things to do together with weather, transportation, accommodation and other advice. If you have any other travel idea or q
Qinghai is surrounded by Gansu, Tibet, Xinjiang and Sichuan in inland China. The geological connection makes traveling between and among them is quite convenient and sensible. Still, each region owns featured attractions. With more time, we highly recommend that you travel Qinghai with Zhangye, Dunhuang on the Silk Road, or the holy land of Tibet, or Jiuzhaigou, Chengdu in Sichuan, or with the farther Xinjiang to appreciate the vast territory and natural & cultural diversity of China. Trust us, these prolonged travel routes will offer you really amazing visual feast and cultural experience but less tourists than that of the central and eastern areas of China.
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