Qinghai Travel Guide

Qinghai Travel Guide


Qinghai Province is located in the northeastern part of the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau in western China.Qinghai Province is named after Qinghai Lake, the largest inland saltwater lake in China.  Covering an area of more than 720,000 square kilometers (about 278,000 square miles), Qinghai the fourth largest province in China. Its total population is about 5.5 million, among which Han, Tibetan, Hui, Tu, Salar Uygur, Mongolian and Kazak minority ethnic groups are represented. Xining is the capital and also the largest city of the province.Qinghai is a multi-ethnic province. The number of the main nationalities in the province is up to 54, including Han, Tibet, Hui, Mongol, Tu and Salar, taking up to about 43% of the total population in Qinghai Province. Hence the province is a nice destination to have a close encounter with those unique qinghai mapethnic customs especially Tibet, Hui, Mongol, Tu and Salar. This page lists more information about Qinghai Travel. Welcome to Qinghai !

Qinghai Facts

Chinese Name: 青海

Chinese Pinyin: qīng hǎi

English Name: Qinghai

Location: Northwest China

Language:Chinese

Capital City:Xi'ning

Area: 720,000 sq. km. (about 278,000 sq. mi.)

Population: 5.57 million


Tourism Cities in Qinghai




  • Xining

  • Guoluo

  • Haibei

  • Haidong

  • Hainan

  • Haixi

  • Huangnan

  • Yushu


History & Culture of Qinghai

Located in the fountainhead of the Yellow River and the Yangtze River (both rivers are mother rivers of China), Qinghai features a long history. Early in the period of Paleolithic age, tens if thousands years ago, there had been ancestors living in the area of Chaidamu Basin and Kunlun Mountains in Qinghai. They leaded a life of hunting and nomadism, and migrated to wherever water and grass were available. Since ancient times, Qinghai Province is a place for ethnic minority tribes in Northwest China. There were a lot of wars because Qinghai is a place if strategic importance. However, it was the wars which bring many different cultures into Qinghai, including Han culture, Tibetan culture, Hui culture and cultures of other minorities. Generally speaking, Tibetan culture plays the most significant role in Qinghai Province.


What to see in Qinghai ?

The natural landscapes in Qinghai Province are pretty magnificent and beautiful. While the splendid long history gives Qinghai plenty of relic sites, such as ancient temples, ancient cliff paintings and ancient castles. Besides, those ethnic minorities all have unique customs, habits and civilizations, which adds more tourist resources to the province.

Qinghai Lake is the largest inland salt water lake in China, covering an area of 4,573 square kilometers (1,766 square miles). The lake is about 3,260 meters (10,696 ft) above the sea level. The deepest area of the lake can up to 32 meters (105 ft). There are islands in the lake, like Bird Island, Haixin Mountain, Haixi Mountain and Sand Island, which are all available to tourists. Qinghai is the fountainhead of the Yangtze River and the Yellow River. The Yangtze River is originated from Tanggula Mountains, about 6,620 meters (21,719 ft) above sea level. There, woods formed by icy ‘towers’ which are dozens of meters high make up a wonderful crystal world. The fountainhead of the Yellow River in Qinghai Plateau is covered with numerous streams, lakes and exuberant grassland.

There are plenty of relic sites reflecting the cultures in Qinghai. Such as Dongguan Giant Mosque, one of the largest mosques in northwest China first built in 1379; Lonwu Temple in Tongren and Kumbum Monastery in Xi'ning.


When to visit Qinghai ?

Qinghai province has a typically continental cool climate, with a large difference in its day and night temperature. Warm clothes are thus required at all times. Annual precipitation is low and comes mostly in summer. Characterized by short cool summers and long freezing winters, the best time to visit this place is from May to October. Due to its high altitude, long sunshine duration and a higher level of ultraviolet solar radiation, it is very important for visitors to come prepared.  Essential items to bring along are sunglasses, sunblock cream and sun visor to name a few.


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