Although Xining is the capital
of west-central China's spacious Qinhai Province
and is known for its wool production, the city is
a well kept Chinese secret.
Xining (meaning "western
peace") was a main stop on the ancient Silk
Road trade route, and features nearby attractions
like the Taer Monastery. Built in the 14th century,
Taer is a center for Yellow Hat Lamaism -- Buddhist
followers of the Dalai Lama. In the Islamic realm,
Xining's Dongguan Mosque, founded in 1380, is
among the region's largest.
About 130 kilometers from Xining
is Qinghai Lake, China's largest inland saltwater
body. Rumor has it that dinosaurs have been seen
around the lake, but only fish, fowl, and human
sightings have been confirmed. Bird Island sanctuary
is another provincial attraction, featuring migrating
Known for its huge grassy plains,
Qinghai Province is also known as the Green Sea.
The Yangtze and Yellow Rivers have their sources
here. And the world's highest highway runs through
the Qinghai to Lhasa, Tibet. Along that way, you
can see antelope, yak, donkeys, camel and lynx.
Xining Travel Attractions