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Hoh Xil

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Introduction to Hoh Xil (可可西里)

Hoh Xil is situated at the Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in southwest Qinghai Province. Hoh Xil means “beautiful young lady” in Mongolian. It is the largest unpopulated area in China with a total area of 83,000 square kilometers. Located in the center of Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, Hoh Xil has an average elevation of 4,600 meters and the highest point of 6,860 meters.

The low temperature, rare rainfall, strong wind and complicated topography are the main features of Hoh Xil. With harsh climate and severe natural conditions, Hoh Xil is not suitable for human activities. While this large uninhabited area is the paradise for wildlife and wild animals. It is home to more than 230 species of wild animals, including wild yak, wild donkey, white-lip deer, brown bear and Tibetan antelope. There are some endangered wild animals and national first-class protected animals living this area.

Within Hoh Xil, there is the Hoh Xil Nature Reserve built. This nature reserve covers a land area of 45,000 square kilometers. It is the largest natural reserve with the highest altitude in China.

Though Hoh Xil has severe conditions, this mystery land has aroused great interests and expects from people. The best season to travel to Hoh Xil is from July to September.

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Near the County, Qumarleb County, Qinghai Province, China

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Main Sights

Hoh Xil Nature Reserve

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Travel Information

Admission: free

Opening Hours: all day

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It is suggested to charter a car from Golmud to Hoh Xil National Nature Reserve. It will cost at least CNY 500 per day for a common car, and CNY 1,000 per day for an SUV.

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Travel Tips 

1. The best season to travel to Hoh Xil is from July to September.

2. Tourists can enjoy its scenery by driving a car or riding a bike along the Qinghai-Tibet Highway on its eastern edge. You are not advised to go into the central area.

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