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Qinghai province lies in the northeast of Qinghai-Tibet Plateau in western China. It borders Xinjiang Autonomous Region in the north, Inner Mongolia in the northeast, Gansu province in the east and Sichuan in the southeast. It covers a vast land area of 720,000 square kilometers, making it the fourth largest province in China. Xining city serves as the capital of Qinghai.

Geography and Climate

As Qinghai province is situated in Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, it is obvious that the altitude of Qinghai is quite high compared with other provinces of China, with an average height of 3,000 meters. There are magnificent mountain ranges towering with diversified geography, rivers and scattered lakes. There are Kunlun Mountains running through the central of Qinghai, the Tanggula Mountain Ranges standing in the south, Qilian Mountains in the north, rolling grasslands and pastures, and the vast Qaidam Basin. This is a province where huge rivers find their sources, as the Yellow River originated from its southern part, the Yangtze and Mekong River get their sources from its southwestern part.

Qinghai has a typical climate of plateau continental with long, severely cold winters and short, cool summers. It has few rainfalls, sufficient sunshine, strong solar radiation and large temperature difference between day and night.


As Qinghai is a province with a number of ethnic groups, like the Han, Tibetans, Hui, Tu, Mongols and Salars, culture has cultivated a diversified culture influenced by these ethnics.


Tourist resources in Qinghai have a great diversity from natural scenery like snow-capped mountains, icy peaks and vast pastures, to places of interest of culture and religion like Ta'er Monastery. Qinghai Lake, Bird Island, the Highland Xishuangbanna Mengda Nature Reserve, Dongguan Mosque are the must see sites in Qinghai.
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