Xining Attractions - Things to Do

Sutra Debating, Ta''er Monastery
Sutra Debating, Kumbum Monastery
Xining is the east gate of Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. There are azure sky and clear water. It is widely considered to be a perfect summer resort combining the brilliance of nature and culture.

Top Attractions

 Kumbum Monastery
 Qinghai Lake
 Bird Island
 Dongguan Mosque

Located in the southwest part of Xining City, the Kumbum Monastery is one of six famous monasteries in the Gelugpa Sect (also called Yellow Hat Sect) of Tibetan Buddhism. There are convenient ways to get there, e.g., take the No. 1 bus from the Xining Railway Station to Xi Men. From there you can take a half-hour taxi ride (up to four people can share a cab) to the monastery. Additionally, regular buses are available and take about an hour from the railway station. The cost of each bus ride is CNY5 per person.

Having a history of over 600 years, the Dongguan Mosque, located in the Xining City Zone, is one of the most famous mosques in the northwest region of China. Many visitors are fascinated by the splendid and diversiform towers, walls and halls in the mosque. The spacious and bright mosque can admit three hundred Muslims to make worship simultaneously. The Nos. 1, 2, and 23 buses will take you directly there. Please note that visitors are allowed during Moslem prayer sessions.

Dongguan Mosque, Xining
Dongguan Mosque
Bird Island, Qinghai Lake
Bird Island, Qinghai Lake

More Things to Do

 Northern Buddhist Temple
 Sun and Moon Mountain

Another unique religious structure with intoxicating views is the Northern Buddhist Temple. Southern Buddhist (Nanchan) Temple, together with the Northern Buddhist (Beichan) Temple, is also a perfect place to overlook Xining's cityscape. It costs about CNY4 to get there from Xining by taxi. The Nos. 19, 21, 80, 84 and 107 buses can also take you to the temple.

The region is also replete with natural scenic attractions. One is the Riyue (Sun and Moon) Mountain which divides Qinghai Province into two parts - the stock-raising area and the farming area, and it is also the watershed of Qinghai-Tibet Plateau and loess Plateau. Another not-to-be-missed destination is the Bird Island in northwest of Qinghai Lake. This alluring body of water is home to hundreds of thousands of birds. About 35 kilometers west of Xining City in Datong County, you can experience the magical power of Laoye Mountain. Every year on the 6th day of the 6th lunar month, the traditional singing festival attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors.

Qinghai Lake, Xining
Qinghai Lake
Qinghai Lake, Xining
Qinghai Lake
- Last updated on Jun. 28, 2022 -
Questions & Answers on Xining Attractions
Asked by Mtan from SINGAPORE | Jan. 08, 2016 22:46Reply
Can we visit xining kekexili for a few days to see wild life ? Which agency can arrange?
Can itinerary include qinghai bird island and yushu horse festival?

We are looking at august 2015. Thanks
Answers (1)
Answered by Emma from NEW ZEALAND | Jan. 09, 2016 21:24

Yes, you can surely take a visit there, but I have no idea an agency capable of arranging this. Anyway, if you will stay in a hotel in Xining or other areas in Qinghai, you may ask your hotel to find a local agency which can arrange a good itinerary for you to include them all.

Oh, there is another option. Post your demand on the forum of Travel China Guide. Local travel agencies or tour guides may contact you. Good luck!
Asked by Jenny from MALAYSIA | Jun. 17, 2014 20:53Reply
Do you arrange tours around Xining?
Hi there,

I'm planning to visit Lhasa early July and will be staying in XN for a few days before heading to Lhasa. What type of tours do you have? Thanks.

My traveling dates are: 6-9 July 2014
Answers (1)
Answered by TravelChinaGuide | Jun. 18, 2014 01:57

Dear Jenny,

Thanks for your attention to! We do arrange tours in and around this city. Please tell us your requirements and we can make a perfect itinerary for you. Here is our contact for your convenience:

Kindest regards,
Asked by Choo from CANADA | Sep. 14, 2013 13:53Reply
Sightseeing and weather in late October in Xining
Me and my wife will spend 4 days in that city in late October. We would like to stay a night on the lake and the rest of the 3 days visiting places. Is there a tour agency that can arrange this trip. We are staying at Lete Youth Hostel for the first 2 nights. What is the temperature at this time of the year. More tips appreciated.
Answers (1)
Answered by Thomas from USA | Sep. 14, 2013 21:10

For tour agency, I think you may contact to ask. I joined their tour early this year and thought it is a great tour agency. Their email address is
For the averaget temperature is around 1 to 14C for the whole month and it is a little bit colder in the later of that month.
Asked by Rosemary from MALAYSIA | Sep. 26, 2012 01:33Reply
trave safety in xining
Is it safe to travel alone? Is the storage service in Great mosque in the city is safe ? Is the weather very cold in March ? Can you recommend hotels ( Budget hotels with heater and wifi )
Answers (1)
Answered by Cathy | Sep. 26, 2012 03:23

It is generally safe, but you also need to be careful. Do not go to the place out of the way alone. It is very cold with a temperature of -5~9C during March. For budget hotel, you may think about Jinjiang Inn (Wusi West Road). It is a comfort inn located in the main road of the city’s west district. All guest rooms are equipped with telephone, independent bathroom, electric kettle and broadband internet access.
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