Featured Activities in Qinghai 2023/2024

Most of outdoor travelers swarm to Qinghai mostly for the stunning landscape along the Qinghai Lake - quiet and endless lake, pure and blue sky with some slides of clouds, green grasslands, blooming sea of rape flowers, devout pilgrims...Without any doubts, Qinghai lake is the best highlight in Qinghai. While Qinghai also features in its ethnic and religious culture, especially Tibetan Buddhism. As the second largest Tibetan Region in China, Qinghai has many famous monastery and Buddhism events which played a very important role during Tibetan Buddhism history, such as Taer Monastery (Kumbum Monastery), Wutun Temple, etc. At the same time, due to the spectacular ethinic culture, there are many interesting activities organized during all year around, including Hua Er HuiYak Racing, Buddhism Events, etc.

Come to unlock the mysterious Qinghai!

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Hua Er Hui

No.1: Hua Er Hui

Hua Er is a kind of folk love song which is very popular in Qinghai, Gansu and Ningxia. People sing it when they are busy with farming work, pasture or walking. Hua Er Hui(花儿会) is organized like a singing part or competition. People gather in a place, then sing and dance together. Usually, the melody can be same, but lyrics should be created extemporaneously. Hua Er Hui in Qinghai is generally held during June of Chinese lunar calendar.

Taer Buddhism Event

No.2: Taer Buddhism Event

There are four grand Buddhism events organized in Taer Monastery each year. Tiaoqian(跳欠) is a kind of dancing show performed by the monks in Taer Monastery to present respect to Buddha and communication between followers and Buddha. Butter Sculpture exhibition is another interesting activity. A giant painting of Buddha will be displayed all day long during these events. Lantern show is held on every lantern’ Day in Taer Monastery.

Yak Racing

No.3: Yak Racing

Yak Racing is a very popular sport in Qinghai as well as in other area of Qinghai Tibet Plateau. It is a must activity when a festival comes. It is a great game for teenagers to show their braveness and skill, which may help them to be more attractive to young girls.

How to Plan A Qinghai Tour

How to Get to Qinghai: Xining is the transfer hub of Qinghai, and you can get there by flight from Beijing (2.5h), Shanghai (3h), Guangzhou (3h15min), Lhasa (2-3.5h), Xian (1.5h), etc. or by train to Xining from Xian (4-5h), Lanzhou (70min-2.5hrs), Zhangye (2h), Jiayuguan (3.3.5h), Dunhuang (6h), etc.

Best Time to Visit Qinghai: May to October is available to travel most area in Qinghai, especially July and August when the weather is most comfortable.

Almost all travelers start a Qinghai tour from Xining and then explore its surroundings. Generally, it takes about 3 ~ 6 days to have a classic Qinghai tour.

For travelers with limited time and just want to take a short glimpse of the essence of Qinghai, it is recommended to spend 3 days discovering Qinghai Lake – China’s largest lake with incredible beauty and Xining highlights such as Kumbum Monastery – a Tibetan monastery holding great importance and Tibetan Medicine and Tibet Culture Museum – an informative museum fully displaying all aspects of Tibetan culture and medicine.

☛ 3 Days Qinghai Short Stay Tour

For more natural sightseeing experience, you spend 1 more day visiting Chaka Salt Lake to get amazed by the Mirror of Sky or turning to Kanbula National Forest Park to savor shimmering Danxia Landform. If you have interest in Amdo Tibetan culture or Regong art, Tongren deserves your another day. For an in-depth adventure, visiting Amne Machin – one of the four sacred mountains in Tibetan Buddhism in 1 more day.

☛ 4 Days Qinghai Lake Chaka Salt Lake Enchanting Tour
☛ 4 Days Qinghai Lake Kanbula National Forest Park Geographic Wonder Tour
☛ 5 Days Amdo Tibetan Culture Experience Tour
☛ 7 Days In-depth Discovery Tour of Qinghai Culture & Nature

It is strongly recommended to extend your Qinghai trip to its attractive neighbors, including Tibet, Gansu and Sichuan. The high-altitude scenery and the Buddhist atmosphere of Tibet is second to none. Take a 4 ~ 8 days trip and you will enjoy most Tibet highlights. If you want to unveil the mystery of the Silk Road, 5 ~ 11 days are needed to visit Gansu and Xinjiang. For traveler who prefers an in-depth discovery of Amdo, Gannan and Aba in Sichuan are recommended.

☛ 6 Days Xining and Lhasa Train Tour
☛ 6 Days Qinghai Lake Zhangye Danxia Rainbow Mountains Tour
☛ 8 Days Qinghai Gansu Jiuzhaigou Land Tour
☛ 10 Days Northwestern China Treasures - Qinghai Gansu Highlights Tour

Qinghai Lake Erlangjian Scenic Area in Qinghai Lake Potala Palace Julie and her friend from France visited Potala Palace in Lhasa Matisi Temple Mrs. Chan's group from Canada visited Matisi Temple along the Silk Road

Recommended Qinghai Tours

Top 3 Qinghai tours chosen by most customers to explore Qinghai in the best way. Check the detailed itinerary, or tailor your own trip now with us.

Sightseeing train travel at Chaka Lake
4 Days Enchanting Qinghai Lake Chaka Salt Lake Tour

Xining / Qinghai Lake / Chaka Lake / Xining

Mysterious lakes in deep Badain Jaran Desert
8 Days Qinghai Lake Zhangye Danxia Badain Jaran Desert Wonders Tour

Xining - Zhangye - Badain Jaran Desert

Qinghai Tibet Railway
6 Days Xining to Tibet Lhasa Train Tour by Qinghai Tibet Railway

Xining - Qinghai Lake - Lhasa

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