Qinghai Lake

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Location: Qinghai Lake China lies northwest of the imposing Qinghai Altiplano, 150 km away from Xining in Qinghai Province.
Type: Lake
UNESCO World Heritage: No
Main content of Qinghai Lake: Qinghai Lake is the largest salt water lake in China, with a circumference of 360km and a surface area of over 4,500 square kilometers. This huge expanse of deep, salty liquid receives its name, literally Blue Sea Lake, from the vastness of its azure waters. In ancient times the lake was known as the Western Sea, and in Tibetan it is known as Koko Nor.

Qinghai Lake China has a number of attractions that draw tourists in this region in. The beauty here lies in its salty vastness and the remote peace that it instills, which you can enjoy in the tour of Qinghai Lake. The colors that can be found around the lake are of purity and contrasts, from the deep yellows of oil seed rape against the cold blues of the lake to the dark greens of distant mountains against the fluffy white of bilious clouds.


Highlights of Qinghai Lake China include the Bird Island, a peninsular in the westernmost part of the lake and the most impressive sight, especially in season. The cuisine at Qinghai Lake China is also of interest, composed of variations on a fish theme. Especially notable is the naked carp, whose tender flesh is served in most local restaurants and hostels.

Brief introduction of Qinghai Lake


Qinghai means green lake in Chinese and this is the largest inland saltwater lake in China. Lying in the northeast of Qinghai Province, approximately 150km from Xining at 3,200 meters above sea level, the lake stretches endlessly into the horizon.

The lake has an abundant supply of fish, which in turn attracts large flocks of birds including many migratory breeds. Major sights on or around the lake are: Bird Island, Haixin Hill, Sankuaishi (Three Stones), and Sand Island.


Famous Scenic Spots or sceneries of Qinghai Lake


The famous spots here are Hill of the Sea Heart, Sand Island and Bird Island, which are all islands in the lake. Each has their own wonders. Haixin Shan, also called 'Immortal Hill', has temples, lucid springs and green grassland on the island. It is said that Emperor Yang of Sui Dynasty had particularly ordained officials to raise horses here. Sand Island is famous for its sand scenery, which is also a good place for swimming. Bird Island is the kingdom of birds, which can amount to more than 10 thousand in the summer.


Transportation of Qinghai Lake


How to Get to and Get Away Qinghai Lake China


By Long-distance Bus
Qinghai Lake China can be reached by both bus and train. 3-4 long distance buses leave from the Xining station for a little Tibetan town called Heimahe between 07:30-09:00 for Y20, 5hrs. The return journey is about the same schedule. Buses from Golmud also arrive at Heimahe (about Y50, 11hrs). Unless you are able to hitch, it will then be a taxi, Y50, on to the lake. On the weekend in summer, buses leave from the Dashizi crossroads in Xining (Y40) for Bird Island. Tickets can be bought from the ticket office at the corner of Changjiang lu and Xiguan dajie.


By Train
Besides buses, you can also take a tour of Qingdao Lake by train. The best train to catch will be the 09:40 train for Ha'ergai, on the northern side of the lake, arriving at 14:32. Buses leave infrequently from here to the Bird Island. Ha'ergai has a few hostels that may be useful for brief stopovers.


By Tourist Bus
There are a few tour agencies in Xining organizing tour of Qingdao Lake. Most tours are for transport only, excluding dining, accommodation and entrance fees. Most run daily over the summer, but are limited by tourist numbers out of season.


The Qinghai Nationalities Travel Service offers one day tour to the lake for Y100. Two day tours will cost Y180, often including a trip to the Kumbum Monastery and the Sun Moon Mountain.


The Xining Transport Travel Service does daily day trips to the lake for Y150, stopping off at the Sun Moon Mountain on the way.

Best Time to Visit Qinghai Lake


In the winter months, the lake area is extremely cold and inhospitable and throughout the year and the lake's temperature rarely gets above 15ºC. Most travelers come here in summer, when the nights are a little warmer. At this time the lake feels fairly hot, despite the cooling winds that breeze from the lake that are refreshing, bringing moisture and birds off the lake's surface. For ornithologists, the best time to visit Qinghai Lake China is also between March and June, when the birds are in breeding and so flock here in large numbers.


August and September are also a good time to visit when taking China travel to Qingdao Lake China, mainly for the scenery around the lake, as the oil-seed rape bursts into sunbeam yellow blossom and contrasts with the salty blue of the lake beyond.

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