3 Days Qinghai Short Stay Tour

A Glimpse of Qinghai Plateau

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If you want to make a short layover in Xining. This is the vacation. In this 3 days trip to explore the most beautiful landscape in Xining, also experience local culture.

Highlights of this tour

  • Touch the exotic ethnic culture of Tibetan and Hui people in the highland city;
  • Be amazed by the stunning landscape around the Qinghai Lake;
  • Visit famous Tibetan Buddhist monastery - Ta'er.

Basic Trip Information

Price:
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  1. 1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one double-bed room in 4-star hotel and traveling in low seasons;
  2. 2. This price is subject to change according your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate.
Travel Route:
Xining / Qinghai Lake
Travel Length:
3 Days and 2 Nights
Tour Code:
CD-QHT-03
Group Size:
You, your family, friends or group
Experience:
ArchitectureCulturePhotograph
Departure:
Any day you want

Full Itinerary Day by day

Day 1 Xining Arrival

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Welcome to Xining, Qinghai. Once arrival at Xining Caojiabao Airport/Train Station, your tour guide will meet you, and then escort you to check in your hotel in the city by a private vehicle.

If time allows, go to visit the Dongguan Great Mosque which has been a Muslim cummunity for centuries. The mosque is one of "Four Greatest Mosques in China", other three are Xian Huajue Moque, Lanzhou Qiaomen Mosque and Kashgar Id Kah Mosque, also an important institution of Islamic study. It was built in 1380, Ming Dynasty. There are usually many Muslim disciples worshiping and attending Muslim event here.(Note: one need to dress appropriately. Shorts are not allowed.)

Dongguan Great Mosque
Day 2 Xining – Qinghai Lake (B, L )

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After breakfast, drive around 2.5 hours to see the picturesque Qinghai Lake from Xining via Huangyuan, Riyue Mountain, etc. You won't feel boring along the driving since fascinate scenery of green grassland, blue sky, white clouds, clustered flocks and herds unfold like a photo gallery.

You will stop at the Erlang Jian Scenic Area to enjoy the beauty of Qinghai Lake. As the largest inland lake, as well as the largest salt water lake in China, Qinghai Lake(3200m) stretches 105km at length,  63km at width and occupies a water area of over 4,500 square kilometers. Attracting thousands of photographers to take photos every year, this plateau lake was elected as the Most Beautiful Lake in China by China’s National Geographic. It is surrounded by harsh mountain ranges from outside. While on the foot of mountains are endless beautiful grassland and rapeseed flower lands which are connected to the lakeside. At the same time, Qinghai Lake is a sacred Tibetan Buddhist site. There are many devoted Buddhist coming from afar to worship to Qinghai Lake each year.

After the sightseeing, drive back to Xining.

Tips:

1. Qinghai Lake is famous as the Paradise of Migrant Bird. If you are planning a bird watching tour, you are suggested to visit the Bird Island during May and June; 2. From late July to early August is the best time to view the vast golden rape flower fields surrounding the Qinghai Lake; 3. If you are interested and time allows, you can take optional visiting to some interesting attractions along the driving to and back to Xining, such as Dangaer Ancient City, Riyue Mountain, Jinyintan Prairie, etc.

Qinghai LakeQinghai Lake walking
Day 3 Xining Departure ( B,L )

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After breakfast, drive about 26km to visit the famous Taer Monastery.

Taer Monastery is the birthplace of the Tibetan Buddhism master – Tsongkhapa who was the founder of Gelug(a sect of Buddhism). It is also famous as one of “6 monastery of Gelug”. You must not miss the “three bests” of Taer Monastery – murals, barbola and butter sculptures. Taer Monastery is also a very important institute to learn Buddhism, Astronomy and Medicine. There are many Buddhist ceremonies organized here in each year.

After lunch, go to visit the Qinghai Museum which features in three exhibition center: Qinghai Protoculture, Qinghai Ethnic Collections, Tibetan Buddhism Arts.

In the end, your tour guide will escort you to airport for your flight to next destination.

Taer Monastery

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