Qinghai: visit China’s unknown province.

You’ve probably never heard of it: Qinghai. A province almost the size of Turkey somewhere in the eastern centre from China. A couple of years ago my Chinese uni-mate and I wanted to go to Tibet. However, as a non-Chinese citizen I wasn’t allowed to travel without a tour group in Tibet. Hence we came up with the idea of going to Qinghai, which is one of the provinces right next to Tibet.

You don’t need to join an organised tour to visit Qinghai! In fact, you will hardly encounter any other foreign tourists. My friend and I took an overnight train from Xian to Xining, the (extremely ugly) capital city of Qinghai. From Xining we hired a driver to show us around. Here are the real reasons why you are gonna want to visit Qinghai:

Landscapes from a different planet:

Qinghai landscape

 
Qinghai landscape

 

 
Qinghai landscape

 

 

Refreshing rivers:

Qinghai River

 
Qinghai River

 
Qinghai River
 

Culture:

Qinghai Tibetan Culture

 
Qinghai Culture

 
Qinghai Tibetan Culture

 

More landscapes:

Qinghai mountains

 
Qinghai mountains

 

Is this even planet earth?

 

There is also a small desert in Qinghai:

Qinghai desert

 
Qinghai desert

 

And this road leading to a giant lake:

Qinghai road

 
Qinghai lake

 

And last but not least, this road leads to a massive Canyon:

Qinghai road

 
Qinghai Canyon

 
Qinghai Canyon


Visited Summer 2013. All photos taken with my analog Nikon FM2.

5 comments

    1. Hi Lidianne, I took an overnight train from Xian to Xining. However Xining also has an airport, and can be reached by plane from most major cities in China. I stayed in Xining and visited all the places in the pictures above by daytrips from Xining. Enjoy!

      1. It looks so great! In september I’m going to China, so it would be really cool to visit this place. How many days do you recommend?

        1. Perhaps at least 4 days, depending on how much time you have. Qinghai is enourmous, but a couple of days is enough to see most of the above places. 🙂

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