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Xining is the capital of Qinghai province, China, and the largest city on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. 

The city was a commercial hub along the Northern Silk Road's Hexi Corridor for over 2000 years, and was a stronghold of the Han, Sui, Tang, and Song dynasties' resistance against nomadic attacks from the west. Although long a part of Gansu province, Xining was added to Qinghai in 1928. Xining holds sites of religious significance to Muslims and Buddhists, including the Dongguan Mosque and Ta'er Monastery. The city lies in the Huangshui River valley, and owing to its high altitude, has a cold semi-arid climate. It is connected by rail to Lhasa in Tibet and Lanzhou in Gansu.

Xining Quick Facts

English Name: Xining

Railway Stations: Xining Railway Train Station

Zip Code: 810000

Location: Northwest of China

Chinese Name: 西宁 (XiNing)

Suburban Districts: Northwest of China

Airports: Xining Caojiabao Airport

Area Code: 0971

Population: 2.5 million

Best Time to Visit: June to October

Top Attractions in Xining

Xining Maps Free Download

Find maps of Xining, including Xining's regional location to other parts of China as well as . Our Xining travel guide ( includes weather, living, food, weather, transportation, etc.) has heaps of useful information and tips! > See More

Shopping in Xining

Xining is the largest trade center of Qinghai province.There are three main shopping center in Xining. It's a good choice shopping in Xining. Grand Cross Shopping Centre is an old department store in Xining,located in the city center.Visto can take NO.1 bus from the train station and get off at the Grand Cross.Located in the west door of Xining, West Street Department S...> See More

Restaurants (Food) in Xining

Xining cuisine is famous in the Northwest of China.There are many famous and cheap local snacks such as Noodles, meat offal, Mahua, Guokui, mutton, boiled goat liver, steamed fish and so on. Qinghai has a wonderful pasture, Xining yogurt is a unique cold dairy drink on the prairie.It is the great season making fresh cool yoyurt from mid-summer to late autumn. In ...> See More

Entertainment in Xining

Visto can enjoy unique and colorful nightlife in Xining. After a day of busy and excited sightseeing,it's a good choice to enjoy the rich nightlife of Xining.You can spend your night in one of the leisure and entertainment venues. There are three main theate in Xining ,they are Qinghai Theater, Jiafeng Theater or Renming Theater. Visto can see the shows and performances...> See More