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About Qinghai Province

It is roughly 2,000 meters above sea level and is on the upper portion of the Yellow River. Located in Northwest China, Qinghai Province is famous for Qinghai Lake. Amdo Tibetan people account for 24.4% of the Qinghai population. It is the largest group of Tibetan people outside Tibet. Qinghai has 2 big cities and 6 Tibetan Autonomous Prefectures, the Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Yushu, Golog, Huangnan, Haibei, Hainan and Haixi Mongolian and Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture.

KumBum Monastery

Ta’er Monastery (塔尔寺), also known as Kumbum Monastery, is located in Qinghai Province, in the county of Huangzhong, which is more than 20 km from Xining proper. It was built mainly for the Gelugpa Sect, Hence, the monastery is more than a home for the monks; it’s also one of the sacred grounds in the region. Although no one can truly trace how the sect was formed or how the monastery came about, it has been around for around 400 years.

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Qinghai Lake

Lake Kokonor is one of the most celebrated natural attractions in Xining. It is a very large lake that is located in the middle of Haibei and Hainan provinces. The waters are described to be both alkaline and saline. But it’s more known for its deep blue color. The lake itself covers more than 60 miles and the province where it belongs to is said to be the main source of the three great rivers that flow around Asia. The lake itself is connected to more than 20 streams and small rivers.

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Sun and Moon Mountain

It was mysterious for hundreds of years, mainly because of the story that surrounds it. The legend explains the things that you can see when you’re in the vicinity. In reality, the mountain has been a well-known and influential route especially during the Silk Road period. Many think it’s the only way to travel from anywhere in the Tibetan plateau to Qinghai. The Yue Pavilion (Moon Pavilion) holds a lot of information about Tibetan culture such as their religion and medicine. A tour can include a visit on these pavilions and a look on the Daotang River. The mountain is rich in grasslands especially during the summer.

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Bird Island

The Bird Island is found on the northwest portion of the lake. It sits very close to the Buhahe Delta. Different kinds of birds from around Asia consider the island as its home for a few weeks as it has become a very essential migration route for them. The lake, nevertheless, is very ideal. There’s plenty of grass, as well as water. The waters are also teeming with fish, which can be a source of food for a number of them. At the height of their migration, the total number of birds, which can include seagulls and cormorants, can swell to around 10,000. The island is around a km only, but it is subdivided into two sections. One of these is the Haixi Shan, also known as the Egg Island, since it’s a favorite spot for the birds to lay their eggs.

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Northern Buddhist Temple

The temple is one of the first places of worship in the complex. It measures almost 7 acres in size. Getting there, though, is a huge challenge. Visitors need to pass through planks that are connected on the side of the mountain. This is because the temple itself sits on the Northern Mountain, which is also a known fault line. The temple is made up of over 80 caverns that are created right on the face of the mountain rock. It also used to have two large Buddhas, but only one remained after the other had been destroyed by wear and tear thorugh so many years.

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