Xining, though always serving as a transit city to Gansu and Tibet, itself is worth exploring with the featured Tibetan culture and plateau scenery. You can spend a couple of days here visiting attractions like Taer Monastery, Dongguan Mosque, and appreciating the beautiful water scape of nearby Qinghai Lake. Plan ahead about Xining accommodation will help for a Xining trip.
Where to Stay in Xining?
The most recommended area to stay a night in Xining is Xining downtown around Chengzhong District. Here is more detailed information about where to stay in Xining, including the recommended hotels in Xining downtown, accommodation advice when visiting main attractions such as Qinghai Lake, Taer Monastery and the accommodation condition in Xining Caojiabao International Airport.
Recommended Xining Tours:
With convenient transportation and various hotel choices, Xining downtown is the most recommended accommodation area. You can get to the train station, airport and attractions easily and there are many restaurants, shopping malls, snack streets around. Here are some recommended hotels:
Address: No.63 Wusi West Road, Xining, about 12 km (30 minutes’ drive) to Xining Railway Station, 36 km (45 minutes’ drive) to Xining Caojiabao International Airport.
Sofitel Xining has more than 400 deluxe rooms and suites which are spacious and elegant to ensure you a comfortable sleep. It offers you diverse eating experiences with Chinese, western, Brazilian restaurants and bars. With a total area of 3000 square meters of recreation and sports facilities, there is an indoor swimming pool, a fully equipped gym, yoga room, billiards room and other entertainment projects.
Address: No.158 Huanghe Road, Xining, about 7 km (20 minutes’ drive) to Xining Railway Station, 34 km (40 minutes’ drive) to Xining Caojiabao International Airport.
Qinghai hotel is located in Xining center, adjacent to Qilin Bay, a special commercial street in Xining. It is one of the first five-star hotels in Qinghai Province. Covering an area of 53067 square meters, the hotel has 396 guest rooms, 19 restaurants of different styles and 8 meeting rooms of different specifications. Apart from the convenient transportation, it also provides considerate services and complete facilities for accommodation.
Address: No.79 Changjiang Road, Chengzhong District, Xining, about 6 km (20 minutes’ drive) to Xining Railway Station, 33 km (40 minutes’ drive) to Xining Caojiabao International Airport.
Xining San Want Hotel enjoys favorable location adjacent to Wangfujing, Hualian and other well-known shopping centers. The exquisitely designed hotel looks very elegant, with more than 200 comfortable guest rooms of various types and complete appliances. All guests are provided with free and delicious snacks and drinks. Through the window of the hotel, you can enjoy the beautiful urban landscape.
Address: No.45 Bayi Middle Road, Chengdong District, Xining, about 3 km (7 minutes' drive) to Xining Railway Station, 5 km (35 minutes' drive) to Xining Caojiabao International Airport.
Huachen Hotel has elegant surrounding environment and convenient transportation, which is suitable for both business travelers and tourists. It owns 145 guest rooms in different sizes, all of which are comfortable and well-equipped. The friendly staff will try their best to make you feel at home. There are different styles of restaurants, providing Guangdong cuisine, Hunan cuisine, Sichuan cuisine and local specialties.
Qinghai Lake is about 150 km, 2.5 hours’ drive to the west of Xining. Though not in Xining city, Qinghai Lake is a must-see if you are travelling to Xining. It is able to make a Qinghai Lake day tour and come back to Xining for accommodation, or you can stay a night near the lake.
Erlangjian area, which is close to Erlangjian Scenic Area, the essence of Qinghai Lake, is one of the most chosen accommodation areas. Hotels like Jiulong Hotel (九龙客栈) and Gesang Meiduo Hotel (格桑美朵酒店) will provide you with a comfortable stay. If you want to appreciate the most attractive sunset, Heimahe Town is a good choice. There are some homestays such as Qinghai Lake Tibetan Style Homestay (青海湖藏风民宿) but please be noted that the living condition maybe can only meet your basic accommodation needs.
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Taer Monastery is about 28 km, 40 minutes’ drive to the southwest of Xining downtown. People usually charter a car to get there because taking a city bus needs at least 1.5 hours. Therefore, it is also most travelers’ choice to get back Xining downtown by car after a Taer Monastery visit.
If you decide to stay a night around Taer Monastery, please be kindly noted that most choices are homestays and inns that provide basic accommodation facilities. A relatively near star-hotel is the 4-star Holiday Inn Xining Hot-Spring (西宁温泉假日酒店), elegantly decorated and well-equipped, while the distance is about 13 km from the monastery.
Xining Caojiabao International Airport is about 33 km, 40 minutes’ drive from Xining downtown. In most case, it is recommended to accommodate in Xining downtown. But if you are arriving late or need to catch a flight in the early morning, and you just want to stay nearby, there are also some hotels you can choose. They may not be as good as the ones in downtown and there are not many restaurants or shopping malls, but they are enough for a rest. Recommended hotels are Xining Airport Hotel (西港航空酒店 ★★★), Haidong Caixia Homestay (海东彩霞民宿 ★★), Haidong Konggang Inn (海东空港驿站 ★★), etc.
How to Get to Xining: You can fly to Xining from Beijing (2.5h), Shanghai (3h), Guangzhou (3h15min), Lhasa (2-3.5h), Xian (1.5h), etc. or take a bullet train to Xining from Xian (4-5h), Lanzhou (1h10min-1.5h), Zhangye (2h), Jiayuguan (3.3.5h), Dunhuang (6h), etc.
Best Time to Visit Xining: Months from May to October are the best because the temperature is moderate and comfortable.
Where to Stay in Xining: Xining downtown is most recommended. If you are going to visit Qinghai Lake or Chaka Salt Lake, you can also choose the hotels nearby.
Xining is the starting point and transfer center for a Qinghai tour. It’s suitable to spend 1 day discovering the top attractions in Xining, including the Kumbum Monastery, Dongguan Mosque, Tibetan Medicine & Tibet Culture Museum. The vast and beautiful Qinghai Lake, about 2.5 hours’ drive from Xining is the No.1 must-visit attraction. You can spend one day here appreciating the water scenery, hiking or biking along the lake or taking a Qinghai Lake cruise (cruise is only available from May to October). With one more day, you can expand trip to the Chaka Salt Lake, known as Mirror of the Sky for its stunning reflected natural landscape on the salt lake. Another day is needed. Usually, people take 3~4 days to visit the three destinations together to explore the cultural and natural highlights of Qinghai.
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