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Qinghai Lake

 Qinghai Attractions

Shanhaiguan Great Wall

Introduction to Qinghai Lake (青海湖)

Qinghai Lake, also called as "Kukuzhuoer", means "blue sea" in Mongolian.Located in the northeastern of Qinghai basin,it is China's largest inland lake and also China's largest saltwater lake.The lake is 105 km long, 63 km wide, perimeter 360 kilometers, covering an area of 4583 square kilometers, 459.76 square kilometers large than the China's largest freshwater lake.Maximum depth of the lake is 38 meters with catchment area is about 29,661 square kilometers and the elevation of 3196 m.

There are five islands in the lake,Haixin mountain is one of the largest.Located in the west of the lake, Bird Island cover an area of 0.11 square kilometers,there are many bar-headed geese, fish, gulls, brown-headed gulls, cormorants and other birds which are as many as the number of just over 100,000.

May and June are the best times to see the birds. There are many famous scenic spots in Qinghai Lake, andHaixin Shan (Hill of the Sea Heart) is one of them.

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Between Hainan Tibetan Autonomous Prefectures, Northeastern Qinghai, China

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Main Sights

Sand Island, Bird Island, Grassland around the Lake

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Travel Information

Admission for Sand Island: 70 Yuan (April. 20 - August. 20), 35 Yuan (August. 21 - August. 19)

Admission for Bird Island: 100 Yuan (April. 20 - August. 20), 60 Yuan (August. 21 - August. 19)

Opening Hours: 8:30 AM – 5:30PM

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1. Visitors can take special line at the bus station located in the south of Xining Railway Station, which takes about 35 Yuan.

2. Visitors can also take train T151 from Beijing to Xining Caojiabao Airport, then take special line at the airport to Qinghai Lake.

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Travel Tips

1. Recommended duration for a visit is about 1 to 2 days.

2. The best time to visit there is in summer, especially in July and August.

3. It is not recommended to visit there during “May 1st” and “October 1st” these two golden vacation weeks. Because at that time, the hotel reservation and transportation around will be in its climax, the price will be much higher than ordinary times.

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