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Xining Travel Guide

Xining is the provincial capital of Qinghai. This is usually the first stop for many travelers en route to visit the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau. This high-altitude city is home to all kinds of cultures and their respective treasures. Dongguan Mosque in downtown Xining faithfully reflects the religious beliefs of the Muslim people. Kumbum Monastery on the outskirts of the city is an important Tibetan Buddhist temple. When departing from Xining you can take a day or two to experience the wonder and charm of Qinghai Lake—the highest salt lake in the world and largest lake in China. The local delicacies of Xining are all very inviting and worth tasting, particularly the mutton spareribs and local yogurt. The city’s climate is temperate, cool and comfortable. It is an excellent place to escape the stifling heat of summer in the lowlands.
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Kumbum Monastery

Kumbum Monastery

8.3
4.5/514,414 Reviews
"Temples"
"Historical Architectures"
Qinghai Tibetan Culture Museum

Qinghai Tibetan Culture Museum

8.0
4.7/52,838 Reviews
"Museums"
Qinghai-Tibet Plateau Wild Zoo

Qinghai-Tibet Plateau Wild Zoo

7.3
4.5/51,365 Reviews
"Zoos"
Riyue Mountains (Sun and Moon Mountains)

Riyue Mountains (Sun and Moon Mountains)

7.3
4.3/51,008 Reviews
"Mountains"
Xining Xinhua Liantong Meng Amusement Park

Xining Xinhua Liantong Meng Amusement Park

6.5
4.7/53,449 Reviews
"Theme Parks"
Qinghai Province Museum

Qinghai Province Museum

6.4
4.4/5457 Reviews
"Museums"
【西寧】薛之謙《天外來物》巡迴演唱會

【西寧】薛之謙《天外來物》巡迴演唱會

6.2
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"music scene"
Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau Nature Museum

Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau Nature Museum

6.2
4.3/5425 Reviews
"Science & Technology Museums"
Dongguan Mosque

Dongguan Mosque

6.2
4.5/5890 Reviews
"Mosques"
Xining Television Tower

Xining Television Tower

6.0
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Where to Stay

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Qinghai Hotel

Qinghai Hotel

4.8/51,219 Reviews
Heyday International Hotel
Rezen Select Xining

Rezen Select Xining

4.8/5331 Reviews
Xining Sanyu Hotel

Xining Sanyu Hotel

4.7/51,763 Reviews
Boli Yabu Hotel

Boli Yabu Hotel

4.8/56,795 Reviews
Haiyue Hotel

Haiyue Hotel

4.2/51,281 Reviews
Mercure Hotel

Mercure Hotel

4.5/51,047 Reviews

What to Eat

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Café Realm

Café Realm

4.3/519 Reviews
Avg. GBP17/person
"Buffet"
德禄酸奶(莫家街店)

德禄酸奶(莫家街店)

4.5/5104 Reviews
Avg. GBP1/person
"Bakery"
"Famous Restaurants"
清真尕穆萨美食城总店

清真尕穆萨美食城总店

4.3/58 Reviews
Avg. GBP7/person
"Barbeque"
"Open Late"
Halal·Dong La black charcoal Roast Lamb Leg (Shitong·guoji branch)

Halal·Dong La black charcoal Roast Lamb Leg (Shitong·guoji branch)

5.0/51 Reviews
Avg. GBP12/person
"Barbeque"
"Open Late"
Shalihai

Shalihai

4.5/5103 Reviews
Avg. GBP11/person
"Northwest China Cuisine"
"Open Late"
老白驼退骨茶餐厅

老白驼退骨茶餐厅

4.1/543 Reviews
Avg. GBP8/person
"Northwest China Cuisine"
马永华东乡手抓美食

马永华东乡手抓美食

5.0/55 Reviews
Avg. GBP6/person
"Northwest China Cuisine"
清真·伊然轩青海特色美食

清真·伊然轩青海特色美食

4.8/538 Reviews
Avg. GBP10/person
"Northwest China Cuisine"
Halal·Dexiao soy-stewed pork restaurant·Qinghai Cuisine

Halal·Dexiao soy-stewed pork restaurant·Qinghai Cuisine

4.5/554 Reviews
Avg. GBP8/person
"Barbeque"
"Open Late"
Halal·Yixin Lamb Pilaf Restaurant (Huayuan North Street Branch)

Halal·Yixin Lamb Pilaf Restaurant (Huayuan North Street Branch)

4.5/5506 Reviews
Avg. GBP8/person
"Northwest China Cuisine"
"TV/Movie Filming Locations"
伊帆食府地方特色美食

伊帆食府地方特色美食

4.0/53 Reviews
Avg. GBP9/person
"Northwest China Cuisine"
妥穆洒东乡手抓美食

妥穆洒东乡手抓美食

5.0/54 Reviews
Avg. GBP6/person
"Northwest China Cuisine"

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If you only have three days to spare, make every hour count in Xining, Qinghai Province. ⠀ We started our adventure in Xining (西宁), the capital city of the province on the eastern edge of the Qinghai-Tibetan plateau - and a city that played a key role in trade and cultural exchange after opening the Silk Road. And one of the most famous historical places to visit near Xining is Ta’er Monastery (otherwise known as Kumbum Monastery).⠀ ⠀ With 400 years of history, this monastery is a religious activity center that still houses practising monks within the complex that comprises of Buddhist halls, large courtyards, multiple stupas and more. ⠀ It’s not just a Buddhist monastery. It’s a key cultural relic; a place of astounding architecture, vivid colours, mesmerising culture and beautiful craftsmanship / artwork - including delicate sculptures of Buddha, animals and flowers made of yak butter (which need to be crafted by hand in sub-zero temperatures...)! When you start to get peckish, grab a flaky bing filled with minced beef, leek, onion and cabbage. Could not get enough of the crispy, crunchy texture of the outer pastry and the moreish flavour of the filling.⠀ ⠀ 📍Xinqian Yeshi (Food Court) 新千夜市, Xining, Qinghai Province, China. While here you can pick up a variety of dishes native to the province, as well as a couple of other speciality dishes inspired by neighbouring regions! ⠀ 📍Kumbum Monastery, near Xining, Qinghai Province, China #urbanexplorer#qingmingtravel
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If you can't visit Sun Moon Lake, you can go to Sun Moon Mountain
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Ta'er Monastery in Qinghai, experience the power of faith
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Welcome to Qinghai, China’s fourth largest province and home to towering mountains, stunning waterscapes and a variety of folk cultures.⠀ ⠀ We started our adventure in Xining (西宁), the capital city of the province on the eastern edge of the Qinghai-Tibetan plateau - and a city that played a key role in trade and cultural exchange after opening the Silk Road. And one of the most famous historical places to visit near Xining is Ta’er Monastery (otherwise known as Kumbum Monastery).⠀ ⠀ With 400 years of history, this monastery is a religious activity center that still houses practising monks within the complex that comprises of Buddhist halls, large courtyards, multiple stupas and more. ⠀ ⠀ 📍Kumbum Monastery, near Xining, Qinghai Province, China #leaveyourmark
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Xining Spring Festival Three-Day Two-Night Tour Nanny-level Guide with Route
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