Yushu Travel Guide
Chinese Name: 玉树藏族自治州 (yù shù zàng zú zì zhì zhōu)
Area: 267,000 square kilometers (10,309 square miles)
Location: in the southwest of Qinghai Province, northwest China
Administrative Division: 5 counties: (Zaduo, Chengduo, Zhiduo, Nangqian, Qumalai); 1 county-level city (Yushu)
Area Code: 0976
Zip Code: 815000
GDP (2018): CNY 5.361 billion (USD 0.810 billion)
Nationalities: Han, Tibetan
Famous for Permanent Tibetan Culture & Hoh Xil Nature Reserve
It is situated in the southwest region of Qinghai Province, neighboring Sichuan to the southeast, Xinjiang to the northwest corner and Tibet to the south and southeast. Within Qinghai, it is bounded on the north by Haixi and neighbors the Golog to the east. Yushu treats visitors beautiful scenery. Three Rivers Source (Sanjiangyuan) National Natural Reserve and Hoh Xil Nature Reserve are the best venues to embrace nature as both of them show various landscapes from swamps to rivers, meadows and snow mountains. Groups of Tibetan antelopes and wild donkeys are often seen in Hoh Xil Nature Reserve. You can also learn about Tibetan Buddhism culture in the ancient temples. At the same time, many visitors are attracted by various tent cultures, Yushu songs, religious dances, charming and unique Gesar rap, elegant and luxurious clothing culture. The grand and famous Yushu Horse Race Festival is held on July 25 every year.
Yushu Attractions - Things to Do
Hoh Xil Nature Reserve (Kekexili)
Temple of Princess Wencheng
Gyanak (Jiana) Mani Stone Field
How to Get to Yushu
Yushu Batang Airport is located in Batang Town and is about 18 kilometers (11 miles) to central Yushu. Now, it has opened direct flights to/from Beijing, Chengdu, Xi'an, Lhasa and Xining.
Having Jiegu Town as a center, a transportation network has gradually been created, with national highways as the main framework, supported by developing country roads. From these roads, visitors can get directly to Xining, Lanzhou or places in Sichuan Province. The bus station in Jiegu Town is situated in Shengli Lu and regular buses to Jiegu Town can be found in Xining's long-distance bus station in Jianguo Lu.
Yushu Prefecture is vast. Renting a vehicle to travel around may be a better choice if visitors travel by themselves. Private jeeps and minibuses are available in the central square of Jiegu Town.
The prefecture enjoys a continental plateau climate with high altitude and cold climate as its most outstanding features. Yushu weather has distinct warm and cold seasons, respectively lasting four to five and seven to eight months. The annual average temperature of this region is below zero (32℉). June to October is much warmer and more favorable to visit this prefecture.
Yushu Travel Tips
History: Yushu was inhabited by the Qiang, an ancient tribe in northwest China. In its history, it was governed successively by several Tibetan regimes. Yushu Special District was established in 1949 and changed to Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Region two years later, then changed to an autonomous prefecture in 1955.
Festivals: Horse racing festivals are the most popular sport game in the grasslands. The grandest one is held annually on 25th, July, lasting one week. The site is in Zhaxigou, which is only three kilometers from Jiegu Town. Apart from the delightful horse racing, colorful tents, beautiful traditional costumes and ornaments of the Kangba Tibetan people as well as the folk songs and dance are some of the wonderful sights during the horse racing festival.
Traditional ethnic costumes: The climax of the horse racing festival happens on the last day. Men's robes usually have bands made of tiger or panther skins, while the women's are striped with otter skin. The women's costumes, especially, are made more luxurious by wearing ornaments. They wear ornaments made of turquoise, pearl, coral, carnelian and silver or golden amulets. So, a set of ornamented garments is very expensive.
Also, if you happen to know any traditional Tibetan doctors in the area? Thank you for everything
In addition, which city do you wanna stay overnight?
2. No hotel is near the airport, you can book a room from Sun lake holiday inn at 4009-333-333 or 0976-5961376, they provide pick-up service.
I will arrive in the city in the beginning September and can't seem to find accommodation with English speaking staff. Do you have any recommendations for a guesthouse?
Also do you have recommendations for a local driver and / or guide to take us to Gaden monastery and Jiangxi forest? We will bring a tent.
As I know, China Auto Rental could provide such service. Consult the staff for detailed information by dialing 86-10-58209555. :)