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This vast, barren province in northwest China is large in area but has comparatively few people. Its main touristic attraction is Qinghai Lake, the largest lake in China and home to more than 100,000 migrating birds. Close to the Silk Road, this province on the Tibetan Plateau is also home to a diverse array of ethnic groups, and was once part of the ancient Tibetan province, Ambo.
Aside from the lake, Qinghai Province has mountains, valleys of pasture land, hot springs, ruins and monasteries, as well as wildlife - some of which are protected species. The 44 ethnic groups of the region share strong religious ties and within the province are several key religious landmarks, including the sacred Tibetan mountain, Amnye Machen. Qinghai is one of the lesser-known provinces in China, and travelers who venture here are well off the mass tourism trail.
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This immense body of water covers 1,733 square miles and its name translates to "Blue Lake." Not only is it abundantly endowed with fish, it is home to Bird Island, where more than 100,000 migrating birds roost. This is the most popular tourist site in the province, and many choose to explore it via cruise. The grasslands around the lake are also a popular attraction, either for hiking or yak-rides.
This small town is located at the confluence of the Yangtze, Mekong and Yellow Rivers. Visitors to this Tibetan city can explore the old Qing Dynasty walls, hike the Yellow River Scenic Area and visit hot springs, a 20-minute drive out of town.
Ta'er (Kumbum) Monastery
This famous monastery is an important center for Yellow Hat Buddhist monks, covering 36 acres with 9,300 rooms and more than 50 pavilions. This immense and fascinating complex features a silver tower, a Great Hall with a striking gold roof, plus ornate gates and walls embedded with pearls and gems.
This is the capital of Qinghai Province – a former trading hub along the Silk Road and favored by domestic tourists from neighboring provinces for its dry, cool climate. Xining, which has a history of more than 2,000 years, draws tourists for its Sun and Moon Mountain and the sacred Laoye Mountain, site of annual religious festivals. The Great Mosque is another attraction in Xining, with its ornate minarets and neo-classic gateway. Food is also worth sampling in Xining – distinct from "Chinese cuisine" the city's food takes on myriad cultural influences.
Qinghai Yushu Horse Racing Festival
This popular weeklong festival is put on by Tibetan nomads, in late July and early August of each year. The festival showcases equestrian skills, including archery on horseback and of course, horse racing, alongside traditional singing and dancing performances, with participants donning elaborate costumes. Each year, over 10,000 people attend this event, with participants setting up their traditional Tibetan nomadic yak hair tents around the racecourse.
Stroll along one of the world’s wonders, the Great Wall of China, when you embark on this 8-day luxury train journey through Beijing and Lhasa. It’s a step back in time with ancient sites and breathtaking natural features, and a thrilling trip along the world’s highest train journey to the Tibetan Plateau.
Experience a mesmerizing 8-day journey through China’s Qinghai Province. You’ll take in such epic sights as Qinhai Lake and Yellow River, as well as visiting the culturally-interesting Dredzong monastery and Jokhang Temple. interacting with local village people and learning about their traditions.
Experience the splendor and fun of Tibet’s iconic horse festivals. You’ll travel to rustic lodgings in Xining, Gonghe, Maduo, Yushu, Serxu, Derge, Xinlong, Litang, Danba, and Chengdu, as you check out key sites like the Great Monastery of Kumbum, Yellow River, Serxu Monastery, and the Yajiang Valley.
Whether your trip is for business or pleasure, the four-star Tianniage Hotel is perfectly situated in the heart of Xining’s bustling city center, just a 30-minute drive from the airport. A short walk will take you straight to Yinghua Square, the People’s Park, the Nanling Hutai sites or the Meeting Center. The six conference rooms, fully-equipped business center, and stunning surroundings make this hotel a favorite among business travelers and holidaymakers alike. After a busy day of sightseeing, shopping or business meetings, guests can head to the relaxed setting or the hotel bar or café, luxuriate with a massage and sauna, or head straight to the dining room for delectable Sichuan and Guangdong dishes.
Set within the sublimely-remote city of Yushu, the hotel is a striking new building, complemented by the array of new builds that surround it. Hospitable staff offer a prestigious level of service with high attention to detail, while tastefully-understated rooms provide a first-class stay with high levels of comfort. An eastern theme runs throughout, with subtle hints visible in the contemporary decor, reminding guests of the ancient and enchanting culture that China is renowned. Due to its advantageous location, guests can enjoy urban scenes of gleaming new buildings, surrounded by a contrast of rugged snow-capped peaks in the distance. The hotel boasts some of the finest luxury accommodation in the Qinghai province and is possibly the most beautifully-appointed hotel in Yushu.