Xining Travel Guide

Xining Travel Guide

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Chinese Name: 西宁市 (xī níng shì)
Location: Referred to as China's Summer Resort Capital, Xining, the capictal of Qinghai Province, is located on the eastern edge of Qinghai-Tibet Plateau and the upper reaches of Huangshui River. 

Population: 2,333,700
Area: 7,649 square kilometers (2,953 square miles)
Nationalities: Han, HuiTibetan

Administrative Division: At present, this city has four districts (Chengzhong, Chengdong, Chengxi, Chengbei and Haihu), three counties (Huangyuan, Huangzhong, Datong Hui and Tu Autonomous County)


Xining is also called the Summer Resort Capital of China for its cool summer. The region also provides a number of attractions making a visit to the area well worth considering. The scenery of the Qinghai Lake, provides an escape from fervent cities and allows you to experience beautiful natural sceneries. The lake itself is quite amazing. The Birds Island, situated on the northwest of Qinghai Lake, is waiting to present you with an extensive array of birds. To the city's southwest, is the birthplace of the founder of the Gelugpa Sect. The gem of the Tibetan culture- Kumbum Monastery was built here. To the north of Xining is the Northern Buddhist Temple. Climbing the temple will reward you with a view of the city from the mountaintop. A site not to be missed is the Dongguan Mosque, one of the biggest mosques in northern China.

Recommended Tours:

Silk Road Safari: 13 days to Xining, Lanzhou and other cities.
Bicycle Route        Qinghai Lake Cycling Race Route

The popularity of the region has been enhanced by convenient transportation and accommodation. Xining Caojiabao Airport, located around 28 kilometers (17 miles) from city center, is one of high-altitude airports in western China.  Xining Railway Station operates trains to Beijing, Shanghai, Xi'an, Lanzhou, Qingdao, Urumqi and other provinces.
 Airport           Xining Railway Station

Sutra Debating, Ta'er Monastery
Sutra Debating, Kumbum Monastery
Qinghai Lake
Qinghai Lake

 History: It is the political, economic, scientific and technological, cultural and traffic center of Qinghai Province. The activities of human beings in this region can be traced to 2,100 years ago. During the Western and Eastern Han Dynasties, owing to its developing agriculture, the city was paid more attention due to its economic and martial significance. 

 Physical Features: As well as being the important hinge between the central plains and the western part of China in ancient time, Xining was the most common passing channel of the famous Silk Road. Until now, it is still the only road by which to enter the hinterland of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau.

 Local Highlights: With a population of more than two million, Xining is the first city on the upper reaches of the Yellow River to achieve a population into the millions. There are about 37 nationalities living here, including Han, Hui, Tu and Tibetan. The local traditions and customs are influenced by these distinctive nationalities, in particular the Tibetan group.

 Local Foods: For most visitors from both home and abroad, Xining provides a variety of delicious food and snacks. You can find some special meat products easily here for this is also a pasturing area. However, at the same time, don't forget that your health should be put on the first position.

Further Reading:

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- Last modified on May. 03, 2018 -
Questions & Answers on Xining Travel
Asked by LAAGANKAAYO | Apr. 28, 2018 16:27Reply
Qilian Grassland and Menyuan Rapeseed Flower Scenic Spot already visible by last week of May?
Hello.. we are visiting Xining next month.. last week of May.. and I really wanted to see the sea of rapeseed flower! has anyone been there on May and saw the grassland filled with rapeseed flower? or it's too early.. :( Please advise... thanks in advance!
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Answered by Anne from GREECE | May. 03, 2018 20:59

Yes, it is a little early. In fact, you’d better go there may be in July or August, mid-July will be the best time to see the beautiful rapeseed flowers!
Asked by Aniruddha Ray from INDIA | Mar. 16, 2018 08:44Reply
Is Xining City Under Tibet Administration ?
Xinging city is known as Gate Of Tibet. Is it in Tibet Territory ? Is separate permit /visa required for entry in XN, like Lhasa ?
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Answered by Jay from USA | Mar. 18, 2018 21:39

No, it’s under not Tibet administration but Qinghai Province. You don’t need any other visa to the city! Enjoy your time!
Asked by Ahmad from MALAYSIA | Oct. 14, 2017 06:02Reply
Is there a bus service from Xining to Linxia. If any, from which bus station and the schedule?
Thank you.
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Answered by Maggie from FRANCE | Oct. 17, 2017 22:56

Yes, and the buses leave from the Central Bus Station. It takes about 4 hours and CMY61/73.
Asked by alicia gonzalez from MEXICO | Apr. 07, 2017 16:08Reply
Hello. Which shuttle bus from Xinging Airport to San Want Hotel?
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Answered by Susan from FRANCE | Apr. 10, 2017 21:29

You are advised to take airport shuttle bus line 1 to Bayi Road Passenger Terminal first. Then walk about 110 yards (100 meters) along Huangzhong Road to the southwest and turn right to G109 Road. Afterwards, walk about 160 yards (150 meters) to Kangle Bus Stop and take bus no.2 to Ximen Bus Stop. Upon arrival, you just need walk ahead along Xidajie Street for 130 yards (120 meters) and turn left for around 260 yards (230 meters) to find your hotel.
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