As the capital and economic center of Qinghai Province, Xining enjoys convenient transportation conditions to visit the northwestern cities of Gansu, Tibet and Xinjiang. Actually, all the trains traveling from Lanzhou or Xian to Urumqi (Xinjiang) must make stopover at Xining. Besides, as a plateau city with a history of more than 2,100 years, Xining also has its own attractive tourism landscapes like the Qinghai Lake, Ta’er Monastery, Donguan Grand Mosque, etc.
There are altogether over 65 High Speed Trains passing through/to Xining. High Speed Trains from Xining can get directly to Jiayuguan, Zhangye, Urumqi, Lanzhou, Xian, Jiuquan, Yumen, Hami, Turpan, etc.
Xining High Speed Rail Map
Usually, High Speed Train travelers choose Xian as their first stop to visit the northwestern China, and choose Xining to visit the wonders of Qinghai Province. Below are some popular High Speed Train routes from/to/through Xining, you can have a check before planning your own northwest exploring tour.
Stations: Xining – Xian North
Length: 756 km (470 miles)
Duration: about 4.5 hours
Stops on the Route: Lanzhou, Tianshui, Baoji, Xianyang, etc.
The total traveling time of taking High Speed Train between Xining and Xian is less than 5 hours. During morning 7:42 to 17:50 every day, about 11 High Speed Trains (all D-trains) travel from Xining to Xian. Also, Xian has 12 High Speed Trains traveling to Xining every day, from 7:50 to 17:52. Along the journey, High Speed Trains must make stopover at Lanzhou, thus for the Lanzhou enthusiasts, you can travel to Lanzhou first and then continue the journey.
Stations: Xining – Lanzhou, Lanzhou West
Length:188 km (117 miles)
Duration: less than 1.5 hours
For every High Speed Train traveling from Lanzhou to Gansu and Xinjiang must pass Xining, thus Xining Lanzhou High Speed Rail is the busiest section along the Lanzhou Xinjiang High Speed Rail (Lanzhou-Urumqi High Speed Rail). There are about 24 pairs of High Speed Trains serving between Lanzhou and Xining. For there will be a High Speed Train available every one hour around, you can easily find the perfect-suit one for your journey plan. Besides, it takes less than 1.5 hours to travel from Lanzhou to Xining by those High Speed Trains. You don't even feel like you're traveling.
Pagoda Mountain (Baita)
Stations: Xining – Urumqi
Length: 1,672 KM (1,228 miles)
Duration:about 10 hours ~ 10.5 hours
Stops on the Route: Zhangye, Jiuquan, Jiayuguan, Yumen, Turpan, Hami, etc.
After passing Zhangye, Jiuquan, Jiayuguan, Turpan, Hami, etc., High Speed Trains traveling from Xining finally arrive at Urumqi, the capital city of the northwest Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region of China. The total traveling time takes about 10 hours to 10.5 hours. Till the end of August 2018, about 4 D-trains are available to achieve the Xining Urumqi journey. All the trains depart in the morning and early noon, no afternoon and night trains available. Most convenient Business Class Seats have already equipped on those High Speed Trains, which can give travelers a better experience along the way.
Xining Railway Station
Kumbum Monastery, Taer Monastery
Stations: Xining – Zhangye West
Length: 297 km (185 miles)
Duration:1 hour 42 minutes ~ 2 hours
Xining now has 16 daily High Speed Trains (all D-trains) to Zhangye, the perfect place to have a visit about amazing Danxia landforms and the Silk Road culture. The earliest High Speed Train departs from Xining at about 8:43 every morning, while the last one departs at 20:03. Thanks to the frequent High Speed Trains, traveling from the monasteries and lakes from Xining to Zhangye within a half day tour becomes easy and simple.
Zhangye Danxia Landform
Stations: Xining, Xining West - Jiayuguan South
Length: 509 km (316 miles)
Duration: 3 hour and 3 minutes ~ 3.5 hours
You must have ever heard Jiayuguan before, more or less. Jiayuguan pass is the greatest and most legendary pass of the Ancient Great Wall. Its history can be even traced back to 1372. Xining enjoys 14 daily High Speed Trains to Jiayuguan. All the trains travel from Xining Railway Station to Jiayuguan South Railway Station after about a 3-hour-journey. Along the Journey, High Speed Trains travel from Xining and make stopover at Zhangye.
Jiayuguan South Railay Station
Stations: Xining - Turpan North
Length: 1440 km (895 miles)
Duration: around 8.5 hours ~ 9 hours 16 minutes
If you have watched Journey to the West before, you must have a brief memory of the Flaming Mountain (Mountain of Flames), where Son Goku must borrow palm-leaf fan from Princess Iron Fan to kill the flames of the mountain. The real prototype of the Huoyanshan is exactly in Turpan, the city with more than four-thousand-years history. Xining now has over 4 D-trains travel to Turpan every day, from 9:16 to 12:02. For the journey takes about 9 hours, a little bit long, you can choose the most convenient Business Class Seats or First Class Seats for a better travel experience.
Turpan North Railway Station
Flaming Mountain in Turpan
Though the High Speed Trains from Xining can only directly reach to the northwestern cities of China. Its nearby city Lanzhou enjoys a huge High Speed Train network connecting most of the tourist cities of China like Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Changsha, Wuhan, Hangzhou, Guangzhou, Zhengzhou, Luoyang, Huashan, etc. The Xining Lanzhou High Speed Train journey takes less than 1.5 hours. Thus you can take a High Speed Train to Lanzhou first and make a transfer to other tourist destinations by High Speed Trains from Lanzhou. For more information about Lanzhou High Speed Rail, you can check Lanzhou High Speed Rail Train from our website.
If you are interested in a China high speed train tour package from or to Xining, please select from our recommended High Speed Tours, or just contact our travel experts, they will help your tailor make the itinerary and arrange the train ticket and accommodation quickly and professionally.
There are two mainly used High Speed Railway Stations of Xining, namely Xining West Railway Station (Xiningxi Railway Station; 西宁西站) and Xining Railway Station (西宁站). Xining West Railway Station is located in Chengbei District. Xining Railway Station is located in Chengdong District, near to the city center and about 12km (7.5 miles) away to the Xining West Railway Station.
How to Get to Xining: You can fly to Xining from Beijing (2.5h), Shanghai (3h), Guangzhou (3h15min), Lhasa (2-3.5h), Xian (1.5h), etc. or take a bullet train to Xining from Xian (4-5h), Lanzhou (1h10min-1.5h), Zhangye (2h), Jiayuguan (3.3.5h), Dunhuang (6h), etc.
Best Time to Visit Xining: Months from May to October are the best because the temperature is moderate and comfortable.
Where to Stay in Xining: Xining downtown is most recommended. If you are going to visit Qinghai Lake or Chaka Salt Lake, you can also choose the hotels nearby.
Xining is the starting point and transfer center for a Qinghai tour. It’s suitable to spend 1 day discovering the top attractions in Xining, including the Kumbum Monastery, Dongguan Mosque, Tibetan Medicine & Tibet Culture Museum. The vast and beautiful Qinghai Lake, about 2.5 hours’ drive from Xining is the No.1 must-visit attraction. You can spend one day here appreciating the water scenery, hiking or biking along the lake or taking a Qinghai Lake cruise (cruise is only available from May to October). With one more day, you can expand trip to the Chaka Salt Lake, known as Mirror of the Sky for its stunning reflected natural landscape on the salt lake. Another day is needed. Usually, people take 3~4 days to visit the three destinations together to explore the cultural and natural highlights of Qinghai.
With short driving distance, there are a few less-known but incredible destinations you can visit, such as the Tongren with authentic Amdo Tibetan Buddhist culture and famous Regong Arts, Kanbula National Forest Park with magnificent Yellow River and Danxia landform. If you’re interested and have more time, you can continue the Buddhist cultural trip to Xiahe (Labrang Monastery) and Linxia (Bingling Temple) in southern Gansu.
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Northwest and southwest China are mysterious lands full of natural beauty and cultural charms. Tourists often make a long trip from Qinghai to neighboring Zhangye (Rainbow Mountains), Jiayuguan, Dunhuang (Mogao Caves) of Gansu along the Silk Road, or make a Sky Train trip to “Roof of the World” - Tibet, visit Potala Palace, Mount Everest, Namtso Lake..., or explore Badain Jaran Desert in Western Inner Mongolia, go further to Urumqi, Turpan and more destinations in Xinjiang and travel land to Jiuzhaigou, Ruo’ergai of Sichuan.
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