Qinghai Province Guide

General Introduction to Qinghai Province

Qinghai ProvinceNamed by the inland largest salt-water lake, Qinghai is located in the northeastern part of the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau in western China. Bordering Jilin to the north, Tibet to the south, Xinjiang on the west, Qinghai has a total area of 720,000 square kilometres and a total population of 5 million. There are Han, Tibetan, Tu, Hui, Salar and Mongolian minority ethnic groups living in the province.


Qinghai Province, with its capital Xining has a lot of traditional festivities of different minority ethnic groups. Xining is also the political, cultural and economical center of Qinghai Province.



Best Time to Go to Qinghai

Qinghai has a continental monsoon climate.Its average temperature is approximately -5 to 8°C, with January temperatures ranging from -18 to -7°C and July temperatures ranging from 5 to 21°C. It is also prone to heavy winds as well as sandstorms from February to April.


What to See in Qinghai Province

Qinghai is rich in beautiful natural landscape and historical sites. Tourists can find snow-covered mountains, icy peaks, deserts, vast pastures and sparkling lakes in the province. Famous attractions in Qinghai are Qinghai Lake, A'Nyemaqen Mountain, the 'Highland Xishuangbanna' Mengda Nature Reserve, and the Ta'er Monastery.


Top Ten Cities in Qinghai Province

Qinghai has many beautiful cities. Xining is the biggest and the capital city of Qinghai. Other cities are the following:


Guoluo cityGuoluo City

Haibei cityHaibei City

Haidong cityHaidong City

Hainan cityHainan City

Haixi cityHaixi City

Huangnan  cityHuangnan City

Yushu cityYushu City


Qinghai Travel Tips

1. Qinghai Lake is the largest inland salt-water lake in China.

2. Qinghai is located in the northeastern part of Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau in western China.

3. Xining is the capital city of Qinghai province.

4. The best time to visit Qinghai is Summer and Autumn.