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Basic Information
Area: 720,000 sq. kilometer
Capital: Xining
Population: 5 Million

Qinghai Province is located in the northeastern part of the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau in western China. It has rich tourist resources, including Qinghai Lake, the largest inland salt lake in China, the wellknown Bird Island in the northwest of Qinghai Lake, the Nature Reserve in Xunhua, Kumbum Monastery, one of the 6 largest monasteries of the Gelugpa Sect of Tibetan Buddhism, Liuwan Ancient Tombs, the largest and best preserved tombs in ancient China, Qutan Temple built some 500 years ago, Qaidam Basin, one of the 4 largest basins in China, and other places of interest, such as Dulan International Hunting Ground, Kanbula National Park, and Wufeng and Laoye Mountains.


Qinghai Province is one of the 5 largest pasturelands in China. The galloping horses, numerous yaks, snow-white sheep, and herdsmen's tents form a beautiful, tranquil landscape on the boundless pastureland. Qinghai is very proud that the world famous Yangtze and Yellow Rivers descend from its territory. The spectacular view at the source of the Yangtze River is the serac forest stretching 5 kilometer. The magnificent scene at the source of the Yellow River is lakes and streams crisscrossing the green grasslands.

Qinghai Province is attractive not only for its beautiful scenery but also for its colorful local customs. It is mainly inhabited by the Tibetans, the Huis, the Mongolians, the Manchus, the Tus, and the Salars, who are diligent, bold and unconstrained, and talented singers and dancers.