Qinghai Maps 2024: Updated, Detailed and Downloadable

Qinghai, the largest province in the northeastern part of the Tibetan Plateau, Northwest China. It originates Yellow River with an average elevation of 2500m. It has picturesque highland scenery like Qinghai Lake, Chaka Lake, and precious historical and cultural legacies such as Kumbum Temple, Rongwu Temple, Regong Art, etc., and exhibits special local customs and festivals.

To help you know Qinghai better and plan a Qinghai discovery more efficiently, here we collect a large number of Qinghai Maps, including Qinghai Location Maps, Qinghai Attractions Maps, Transportation Maps of Major Destinations in Qinghai, and so on. All the maps are downloadable and printable. Please feel free to use them when planning your Qinghai tours in China!

Qinghai Location Map, Qinghai China Map - Where is Qinghai

Bordering Gansu on the northeast, Xinjiang on the northwest, Sichuan on the southeast, and the Xizang Autonomous Region on the southwest, Qinghai stretches in Northwest China with a rabbit-like shape with Qinghai Lake as its eye. It has many ethnic autonomous areas at the district and county levels. Totally, it is divided into eight prefecture-level divisions: two prefecture-level cities and six autonomous prefectures. Among them, Xining, Tongren, Golmud, and Yushu are the most popular tourist destinations.

Qinghai Tourist Maps - Qinghai Attraction Maps

As a melting pot of 37 recognized ethnic groups including Tibetans, Mongolians, Tu People and Hui People, Qinghai offers splendid highland scenery with many historic and cultural treasures. The capital Xining is the tourism center, and the first stop to visit Qinghai. During the summertime, many people flood to Qinghai by the vast Qinghai Lake and Chaka Salt Lake to have a retreat and escape the summer heat and explore the Dongguan Mosque and famous Kumbum Monastery. Some people would also go further to Tongren to learn about the Regong Art in peaceful Tibetan villages and Temples, and some would even take a flight to the remote Golmud where the lovely wildlife dwells... Below we select the top recommended tourist destinations for your Silk Road travel in Qinghai.

Helpful Qinghai Travel Guide and Popular Destinations:

Useful Qinghai Transportation Maps

Qinghai has a very convenient transportation network with most major cities in China. With 2 train stations and one airport n Xining, you can take flights, trains to get to Qinghai at Xining and transfer among major tourist destinations from Xining. However, the public transportation system is not very convenient and it's hard to travel by public transportation. Therefore, chartering a car or self-driving is the top choice when traveling in Qinghai. It is suggested that you should relax the time and choose a well-known and reliable travel company like us to help with your transportation. Read the following traffic maps to find the perfect way to go.

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

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