Qinghai FAQs & Tips

1. When is the best time to visit Qinghai?

The best time to visit Qinghai is the months from May to October.

2. What to pack if I travel in Qinghai?

A windbreaker, a pair of durable and comfortable shoes, a down jacket (better with hat), sunscreen cream, sun block, skin cream and lip balm, sunglasses, medicine for urgent use.

3. Can I use credit card in Qinghai?

Credit cards are not recommended as a way of payment in Qinghai because they are only accepted by the Bank of China and few hotels in Xining. Exchange enough money to Chinese RMB in cash is the best choice though it has risks.

4. What documents do I need if I am planning to travel to Qinghai?

A valid passport, a valid China visa.

5. What's the weather in Qinghai?

Qinghai is a multi-ethnic-populated areas with the typical plateau continental climate - drying, less rain, windiness, cold, long sunshine hours and so on. There is a light pollution of pollen and dust in the atmosphere during the Spring and Autumn. Learn more here

6. Can I take a train to Tibet from Qinghai?

Yes, Qinghai - Tibet Railway starts from Xining in Qinghai Province. It is the only railway to Tibet. Thus, trains from Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Lanzhou, Xining and Chongqing also have to run on the Qinghai Tibet Railway line to Lhasa. There are 14 trains running between Xining and Lhasa, only Train K9801 begins in Xining and Train K9802 takes Xining as the terminal.

7. What is the condition of Qinghai accommodation?

As the development of tourism in Qinghai Province, the accommodation condition in Qinghai has been upgraded very much. Hotels range from economical 3-star hotels, comfortable 4-star hotels to luxury 5-star hotels in Xining, the capital city of Qinghai. While in other areas of Qinghai, the accommodation condition is relatively poor, such as Tongren, Gulmud, etc. Check out the most recommended hotels in Qinghai.

9. Can I connect to the Internet in my hotel?

Yes, there are Internet access in most hotels in Xining.

10. Where can I take flights to Qinghai?

Xining Caojiaobao Airport connects many cities in China, including Beijing, Xian, Guangzhou, Chongqing, Shenzheng, Lhasa, Nanjing, Shenyang, Hohhot, Qingdao, Golmud, Chengdu, Wuhan, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Urumqi, etc. There is no international flight so far.

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.

Taer Monastery
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Badain Jaran Desert
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Xining - Zhangye - Badain Jaran Desert

Matisi Temple is famous for Buddhist culture, grotto art, Qilian Mountain landscape and Tibetan culture
7 Days In-Depth Northwestern China Silk Road Tour

Dunhuang - Jiayuguan - Zhangye - Xining

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Questions & Discussions

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MenYuan County
I will be visiting Xining for 2 days. What is the best way to get to Menyuan to see the rape flowers? Is there a bus from the Xining Railway Station?
2017-07-31 09:50
Dear Naomi,

Taking a tour package including tour guide and transfer is the most comfortable and recommended way to visit Menyuan. If you want to take bus, you have to take a taxi from Xining Railway Station to Xinning Road Bus Station (新宁路汽车站) to take bus to Menyuan County. But you don't have to get to the final stop Menyuan County, you can take off the bus at middle way - Qingshizui Town (青石嘴镇) to see the rape flowers.

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