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Qinghai, China: In Awe of Nature

Chaka Salt Lake

“Known as the Tibetan Plateau or Rooftop of the World, Qinghai province was an unchartered beauty for western travelers…”, according to Christine Kaaloa, a popular YouTuber who is eager to see the world.

I’m not sure if everyone has heard of this place. Qinghai, located adjacent to Tibet, with unspoiled landscape, prayer flags and tents, is unlike other well-known tourist destinations in China.

Qinghai province was established in 1928 during the period of the Republic of China, and until 1949 was ruled by Chinese Muslim warlords known as the Ma clique. The Chinese name “Qinghai” is after Qinghai Lake, the largest lake in China. (From Wikipedia)

Qinghai Lake

I visited there last year before I flew to London. It was the trip of a lifetime for me. Sometimes, living in a city limits your opportunities to interact with nature. Therefore, traveling provides us a chance to escape from the present life and release ourselves from loads of burden. Traveling along Qinghai province is one of the trips that I absolutely recommend, to experience in China since in there you can closely appreciate the beauty of nature.

Listed below are five locations that you should never miss when you come to Qinghai, China.

1. Xining

The Xinqian Night Market

Xining, unlike the other capital cities in Western China, is the largest city on the Tibetan Plateau. It is an ancient highland city on the Yellow River which offers many scenic spots and historical sites. 

2. Qinghai Lake

Qinghai Lake

Qinghai Lake is the largest saltwater lake in China with 23 rivers feeding into it. The lake is home to the naked carp. It’s over 3,500 m above sea level. The drive alone will pass you through the Tibetan flatlands, where the air is thinner and the sun, just a little brighter. 

3. Chaka Salt Lake

Chaka Salt Lake

Chaka Salt Lake, a fairyland in Qinghai, has reopened to the public since June 2016. Located in Qinghai province, China, Chaka Salt Lake is as beautiful as a fairyland. Its pureness, white and blue makes it like a dreamland. It is rated as “one of the 55 places people must go” by Chinese National Geographic.…

4. Kekexili


Hoh Xil, also known as Kekexili, is an isolated region situated in the northwest part of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau and its main claim to fame is that it’s the third least populated area in the world. So if you’re not a people person, Kekexili is the place to be! 

5. Emerald Lake

Emerald Lake

Emerald Lake, also known as Feicui Lake, in Haixi Mongol and Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture is one of the beautiful salt lakes attracting many tourists to stop by. This lake used to be a mining area. After years of mining, the water mixed with a high concentration of salt and became brine. Different minerals in the water give the lake amazing colors.

3 responses to “Qinghai, China: In Awe of Nature”

  1. It is very scenic indeed.


  2. You have been to some really amazing places for sure – these photos and your descriptions are lovely


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