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:
Is this even planet earth?
There is also a small desert in Qinghai:
And this road leading to a giant lake:
And last but not least, this road leads to a massive Canyon:
Visited Summer 2013. All photos taken with my analog Nikon FM2.