E34***63One of the largest salt lakes in China. This is quite a spectacular sight. It's also known as mirror lake. The picture opportunities are superb with the endless lake and sky in front of you. You can get a small sightseeing train (50RMB) or you can walk around. You can also rent some rubber boots to walk into the salt lake (10RMB). This is a fun experience. Located in Caka area a few hours outside of Xining.
E34***63Note this is the 'local entrance' not the 'main entrance'. No ticket is required for this and much less people. Enormous salt lake, this one is a little different to Caka in that you can't see the salt. It's a protected lake, so no entering it, no swimming, no fishing etc. It's such a peaceful place, perfect for self reflection and quiet contemplation. And the picture opportunities are incredible. One of the most beautiful places I've ever seen in China. You can ride horses, bikes or yaks around, or just walk and enjoy the moment. Lots of homestay and restaurants around. Good local food. Must visit in Qinghai. Around 3 hours from Xining city
M37***54[Personal play guide] The location is located in Duoba Town, Huangzhong District, I personally recommend to drive, go west from the city and the high speed is very fast, friends without a car can take a tour 2 from the city to the east gate of Tongmeng Park. First enter from the east gate and take a guide map. According to the recommended routes above (parent-child route and couple route), you can clearly go to play. We can choose to go to the aquarium nearby, where there will be beluga mermaid and dolphin performances, and we can also feed some naive little animals. Next, if we have children, we can go to Tongmeng Kingdom, which has video game city, naughty castle, etc. This is the world of children. Then at noon, we can go to Silk Road Town or Pomegranate Seed Si to taste delicious food. In the afternoon, we can experience stimulating projects such as big pendulum, torrential advancing, jumping machine and so on in the land park, and then when it is almost sunset, we can go to the iconic Qinghai Eye of Tongmeng Park, which can be overlooked from the Ferris wheel. In the children's dream paradise under the sunset, it is highly recommended for couples to check in. The last play-day we will definitely be very tired, this is the time we can go to Tongmeng Water World, take a bath in the hot spring medicine pool to relax. [Personal recommendation] 1. It is best to stay here for two days, otherwise you will be in a hurry. You can stay in Ocean Resort Hotel, Silk Road Inn or Swan Castle Boutique Hotel. 2. Those who want to go to the water world are best to bring their own swimsuits. Of course, they are also sold inside, but they are more expensive. 3. Friends who like to take photos can go to Silk Road Town and Tongmeng Castle. 4. Those who like to taste food must go to the pomegranate seed garden. 5. Friends who don't want to line up can choose to go there on weekdays, almost no need to queue.
fcy911The Tour of Qinghai Lake is the top Asian race and the world's highest international road cycling race. It is held in Qingqing and surrounding provinces in July. One stop is at Erlangjian Scenic Area. Erlangjian Scenic Area is located in the southeast of Qinghai Lake, 151km from Xining, here is also known as the 151 base. Erlangjian scenic area is deep into Qinghai Lake, there are grassland, beach, animal-based ecological natural resources, here can see many famous salmon, salmon every year 6～ July to swim in the source river spawning. Every year when the rape flowers bloom, the scenery here is very beautiful.
夏吹夏夜风Legendary Eastern Switzerland, Zhuoer Mountain Scenic Area 〽️ There is Snow Mountain Grassland ❄️ Alpine Vegetation 🌲 Blue Sky White Cloud ☁️ The Red Danxia Landform 🌋 The Yongming Highway 🐾 The Sutras fluttering in the sun 🎪 Like a Wonderland, it is refreshing. 👉Zhuoer Mountain Tibetan is called "Zongmu Makama", which means the beautiful red queen. In front of this vast beauty, the Tibetan language is really appropriate. 👣 We climbed from the foot of the mountain, and the beauty of the scenery and the view were extremely wide along the way. The air is particularly fresh 🍃 In the mountains and fields, the feeling is not comfortable, the heart is so good and comfortable, I want to be able to freeze the time at this moment. 🔺 The best tour season in Zhuoer Mountain is 7-8 Month, the rape flower season in full bloom. Although we missed the rape flower season, Not golden oyster oil green, but there are ice sleet ❄️ is dry grass, bringing different beauty. There is a cabin under the scenic spot 🏘 but the off-season may be closed ❌ but you can see the little antelope 🐑✅[Qilianzhuoer Mountain Scenic Area] Ticket 80RMB/person (including sightseeing car); From November to the real off-season, the price starts half! ⚠️Tips: There is an A/B line, which goes in from 🅰️ line, go back from line A, otherwise it will take 4 hours to drive to the other side of the mountain! So don't go back to the wrong line.
Getting There - From Xining, there is a train to and from Chaka Lake. Only one train leaving from xining to chaka at 8am. The train returns 5:10pm. (Chaka to Xining). The train is not packed as Chaka is the only stop. (There is one stop before the lake also called Chaka, but it is for people that work in the are.) The train takes about 4:20 minutes.
Attractions - Chaka salt lake
Hotels - a day trip is more than enough
Entrance fee: 80 yuan (Does not include train. The walk to the lake is much more quiet than the train and short.)
Food & Restaurants - Dicos, Huizu cuisine, lots of beef noodles,
Shopping - I mailed a postcard abroad. Some souvenir shops.
Chaka lake was one of the better tourist experiences as a foreigner living in China. Very easy to get to from Xining, few people on the train. The staff on the train and park entrance did not make a big deal about encountering a foreigner. If you have traveled by train as a foreigner being in China during covid you will be surprised how smoothly it was to get on the train and into the park.
For the train you will need the health code with green arrow, stamp showing when you entered China, phone number, vaccine record (phone one with health code is ok). Highly recommended as an easy day trip with not too much walking. Use the bathroom in the information/ticket office.
Qilian county (祁连县) is a small county in the mountainy border-region to South-Gansu. The small town with the same name offers hotels, restaurants and small shops and is quite buzzling.
The pictures above where taken in the surrounding countryside, namely close to some small villages around the scenic area of ZhuoErShan (卓尔山风景区). For grassland and mountain view you can go there, it's not bad. But if you really want to hike you have to find a local who takes you there for some money or you just drive through the villages and find a way to the untouched nature by yourself.
↪️ You can come to Qilian county by renting a car or by public bus. There is no train route or airport closeby.
🍂 Summer is warm and dry, winter gets really cold and snowy.
We found this lake on our roadtrip from Golmud (Qinghai province) to Dunhuang (Gansu province). Xiaochaidan lake is situated in the north of the Chaidam basin with the elevation of 3171m. It covers an area of 40 square kilometers. You can leave the highway on various points to get to the lake, but keep attention on the traffic!
ℹ️ The lake is not "developed" so it's basically pure nature. Some local people sell handcraft and some drinks. The lake is not for swimming, besides salt there are various other minerals inside the lake.
↪️ It's only possible to get there by car. It's far away from any bigger town.
On our North-West-China Roadtrip we drove back to Xining on our last day. On our way we discovered this beautiful oilseed rape flower field. The colours together with the mountains and mountain villages look stunning. Local farmers sell fresh and tasty honey.
🏴 How to get here? You can drive by car or take a bus and train to MenYuan station (门源站). It's a 2-3 hours drive from Qinghais capital Xining.
🍂 When to go? I recommend May-September. The weather is nice and daytime temperature is warm. The sunset is especially nice!
🎟️ There is a scenic spot called 百里油菜花景区. It's not necessary to go there, you have more or less the same view anywhere else. If you want some infrastructure, the scenic spot might be better!
The Chaerhan Salt Lake is located 60 kilometers away from the northern Golmud city, more than 110 kilometers away from the southern Chaidamu. The salt lake is more than 160 kilometers long from east to west and 20-40 kilometers wide from south to north. The thickness of the salt lake is 2-20 meters. The Chaerhan Salt Lake is located in the desert; the weather is dry and hot. With the long-time sunburn and windburn it's necessary to bring sun protection.
🏴 Tourists can rent cars to get to the Chaerhan Salt Lake along the No. 215 National Highway. Hotels or travel agencies might also organized tours. Adventurours without driving license can try to hitchhike.
🎫 Entrance including bus to the final destination inside the lake: 100元/80元 students
✨ You can also rent bikes (if they're not broken) or drones at the final destination.
Qinghai Lake, in the northeast part of the province, is the largest inland saltwater lake in China. Both the Mongolian name and the Tibetan name mean 'Blue Lake'. In spring you can see a lot of birds, gulls, swans, and wild ducks. May through October is the best time for bird-watching.
🚌 How to get there?
🚗 Private car - These can be hired from a travel agent for ¥400. If you drive by yourself, it's a little cheaper.
👨👩👧👦 Tour - A number of companies in town offer trips to the lake. Prices start at around ¥100, which doesn't include entrance fees, as the tours usually don't go to free spots.
🚌 Public Bus - Most westbound buses from the Xining long distance bus station pass by the lake. Just buy a ticket and tell the driver you want to get off at the lake.
Remember that the lake is huge and maybe decide, where you wanna go. We didn't do that and just drive around, if you have time it's also a good way.
🏨 Wanna sleep there? Many simple hotels and guesthouses around the lake!
Qinghai in China is a great option for summer as the weather is milder due to higher altitude. Especially Chaka Salt Lake is worth to experience when you are looking for a more extraordinary adventure. You fly in to Xining and take a car from there for around 4hrs❣
Getting There - Go to Xining first and then the train station, it is easy peasy to catch the 8:00 am train to Chaka Salt Lake and return on the 5:10 pm return train. The journey takes 4 1/2 hours both ways, but the scenery is interesting.
Attractions - There is an interesting little train ride for 65 RMB that will take you to the far end of the salt lake if you are not able or not interested in the walk along the boardwalk. It can get a little hot in summer, so no judgement. And the lake is great for photos!
Hotels - Xining is the place to stay, the Salt Lake is good for an afternoon, a pleasant day trip.
Food & Restaurants - There are several good places to grab snacks or eat proper meals, a Dicos for good coffee coffee and ice-cream and others for excellent meat sticks and RoujaiMo, those tasty little bread pockets filled with pork or beef. Yummy!
Shopping - We were pushed out the exit opposite our entrance with no possibility of a jump over the gate, to go back to the train, but the exit was filled with shopping opportunities, jewellery, food, candies, beef jerky, handmade woollen items, postcards n the usual. Also more food options.
Passports and Vaccine Checks and Health Codes were necessary both entering and leaving the park. Take an umbrella and plenty of sunscreen and use them!
I really enjoyed staying for a couple of nights in this city.
Highlights were the Wanda Plaza nightlife, Nanguan Mosque and the beef noodles!