Qinghai Lake is China's vast inland lake with brilliant natural beauty and cultural charm. A classic Qinghai Lake trip takes 1 day usually and visitors can travel back to Xining – the provincial capital city for accommodation. But for some travelers who have ambitions to have an in-depth Qinghai Lake discovery, it is necessary to stay overnight in the lake area. Besides, accommodating in Qinghai Lake also gives a great opportunity for sunrise and sunset.
Generally, there are three accommodating areas for travelers to Qinghai Lake, including Erlangjian Area (within 1 kilometer to Erlangjain Scenic Area), Heimahe Area (best place to view sunset) and Xining City (with most choices and good hotels). This Qinghai Lake accommodating guide helps you figure out the best accommodating areas and the most recommended hotels.Where to Stay in Qinghai Lake
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Erlangjian Scenic Area, where a gorgeous view of the snow peaks, calm waters, vast stretches of grasslands, large flocks of birds, etc. can be appreciated, is the essence of the essence of the whole scenic area of Qinghai Lake. Many travelers prefer a stay here for a quick access to the beautiful Lake. Compared with the hotels in big cities, the hotels near Qinghai Lake are quite basic. However, you could enjoy a comfortable stay as well. Recommended Hotels in Erlangjain Scenic Area are:
Address: More New Village, Jiangxigou Town, Gonghe County, Hainan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture (海南藏族自治州共和县江西沟乡莫热新村)
Popular Mentions: "Recommended" "Nice Room" "Amazing Lake View" "Great Designs"
Firstly open in 2018, Jiulong Hotel is a beautiful garden resort hotel located about 2 kilometers away from the gate of Erlangjian Scenic Area and 90 kilometers away from Chaka Salt Lake. It has 135 rooms with free Internet access, separate shower, heating, 24-hour hot water, TV, etc. equipped in the hotel. The Tibetan Style Lake-view Rooms are top recommended because you can enjoy the typical Tibetan decoration and get a stunning vista of Qinghai Lake out of the window. There is a delicately-designed central garden where many guest like to enjoy the sunshine or stars. Chinese breakfast provided in hotel, including some local dishes.
Address: No.19, More New Village, Jiangxigou Town, Gonghe County, Hainan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture (海南藏族自治州共和县江西沟乡莫热新村19号)
Popular Mentions: "Good Location" " Passionate Staff" "Great Breakfast" "Elegant Environment"
Gesang Meiduo Hotel is a nice hotel with great location near Erlangjian Qinghai Lake, only about 600 meters to Erlangjian Scenic Area. It has over 100 guest rooms as well and all rooms are equipped with air-conditions, shower, free WiFi, television and 24-hour hot water. If you visit in July and August, you can admire a large field of rape flowers behind the hotel. In summer, there are special performances such as bonfire party, Guozhuang performance, Qinghai Huaer singing show and so on! The hotel also sets up a cycling club for cyclists to experience cycling along Qinghai Lake.
Heimahe Town is one of the best place to watch the sunrise of Qinghai Lake. Some travelers choose to accommodate in Heimahe Town for a convenient access to the breathtaking sunrise. In fact, there is no starred hotel in Heimahe Town. You can only book a guesthouse or hostel and all of them are in basic condition without separate shower. The most recommended hotels are:
Address: Heimahe Town, Gonghe County, Hainan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture (海南藏族自治州共和县黑马河镇)
Popular Mentions "Double Room" " Twin Bed Room" "Clean"
Among the hostels and homestays in Heimahe Town, Qinghai Lake Tibetan Style Homestay is a good one. It offers a clean environment and simple facilities. There are Single Room, Standard Room, Triple Room and Family Room for your choice. Only Single Room has separate shower. It is possible to watch the sunrise from the room. However, we suggest you drive about 2 kilometers to the viewing-deck if you want a better sightseeing.
If you have a high demand of accommodation, we suggest you accommodate in Xining City. There more hotels ranging from 5-star luxurious ones to cost-effective comfortable ones. Besides, there are many shopping malls and restaurants nearby for shopping and dining. The distance between Xining and Qinghai Lake (Erlangjian Scenic Area) is about 150 km, needing about 2.5 hours' drive. It is available to drive to Qinghai Lake in the early morning and back in the evening. Recommended Hotels in Xining including:
Address: No.63 Wusi Xi Road, Chengxi District, Xining (青海省西宁市城西区五四西路63号), 36 km (about 45 minutes' drive) to Qinghai Provincial Museum, 7 km (about 12 minutes' drive) to Xining Downtown, 11 km (about 18 minutes' drive) to Xining Railway Station and 33 km (50 minutes' drive) to Xining Caojiabao International Airport.
Address: No.45 Bayi Middle Road, Chengdong District, Xining(西宁城东区八一中路45号), 5 km (about 20 minutes' drive) to Xining Downtown, 3 km (about 7 minutes' drive) to Xining Railway Station, 8 km (about 25 minutes' drive) to Tibetan Medicine & Tibet Culture Museum, and 25 km (35 minutes' drive) to Xining Caojiabao International Airport.
In order to enjoy a better Qinghai Lake tour, it is strongly recommended to travel with China Discovery. We will book the best hotels with good location, facilities and service for you. As you get to Xining, our local travel guide and driver will pick you up at the airport or train station and escort you to your hotel or every attraction listed in your itinerary.
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How to Get to Qinghai Lake: It is recommended to reach Xining first and then take a private transfer (3.5 hours' drive) to Qinghai Lake
Best Time to Visit Qinghai Lake: May to October, especially July and August when rape flowers are in full blossom
Where to Stay in Qinghai Lake: There are some hotels in the lake area of Qinghai Lake and some basic hotels in Heimahe River
Generally, a classic Qinghai Lake takes about 3~4 days. Starting from Xining, it tour covers the two biggest highlights of this city, namely - Kumbum Monastery - One of the Six Greatest Tibetan Gelug Monasteries with Three Arts and Dongguan Great Mosque – Qinghai's biggest mosque with splendid appearance and delicate ornaments which allow you to get a cultural savory. Then, spend 1 or 2 days appreciating the beauty of Qinghai Lake, including stunning lake view, far-reaching snow peaks, grassland, rape flowers (in July and August), etc. For cyclist, Qinghai Lake is also a good destination to offer the delighted experience of sightseeing and cycling in one go. It usually needs 2 days to have a great cycling tour along Qinghai Lake.
More than Xining City and Qinghai Lake, there are many other natural and cultural treasures worthy of your visit in Qinghai. For more lake view, Chaka Salt Lake which is known as the mirror of the lake must be visited. If you are interested in Amdo Tibet culture, you are strongly advised to extend your tour to Tongren and nearby Xiahe (in Gansu) to explore Regong Art and Tibetan Buddhism.
Many travelers also prefer a silk road discovery combining Qinghai Lake with Zhangye (Zhangye National Geopark, Mati Temple, Giant Buddha Temple…), Jiayuguan (Jiayuguan Pass, Great Wall Museum, ), Dunhuang (Mingsha Mountain and Crescent Lake, Mogao Caves, Yumen Pass…) and Bardain Jaran Desert. If you love Tibet Buddhist fragrance or breathtaking high-altitude landscape, don't hesitate to visit Tibet (Lhasa, Shigatse, Mount Everest, Namtso Lake, etc.) via the world-famous Qinghai Tibet Railway.
Top 3 Qinghai Lake tours chosen by most customers to explore Qinghai Lake in the best way. Check the detailed itinerary, or tailor your own trip now with us.
Xining / Qinghai Lake / Chaka Lake / Xining
Xining - Zhangye - Badain Jaran Desert
Xining - Qinghai Lake - Lhasa
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