According to elaineqho, Qinghai Province is located on the northeastern edge of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau and takes its name from Qinghai Lake. The Huang He, Yangtze and Lankang rivers originate here. Located at an altitude of 3000 m, the province is rich in scenic spots, so there are excellent opportunities for ecotourism.
Xining is the provincial capital. The history of this ancient mountain town goes back 2100 years. The main road of the Qinghai section of the “Silk Road” passed here. Many historical monuments have been preserved in Xining, the main of which are the Beishansi Temple, the Dongguan Grand Mosque, the house of Ma Bufang and the sacred place of Tibetan Buddhism – the Thar Temple.
Qinghai lake located in the northeast of the province. It covers an area of 4635 km2 and is the largest salt lake in China. The island of birds inside the lake has an area of 0.8 km2. About 100,000 migratory birds find shelter here. The best time for bird watching is from May to October.
Mengda Nature Reserve is located 110 km southeast of Xining. The center of the protected zone is a lake spread over 2,700 hectares. There are 509 species of plants and animals in the reserve, some of which are rare. On the territory there are many bizarre stones and waterfalls. In Qinghai, this place is considered an excellent sanatorium and tourist area.
Mount Animatzin (Animaqin) is located within the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau. Its height is 6282 m. Its peaks are covered with snow throughout the year. For Buddhists, it is considered a sacred mountain. Animacin is a suitable place for mountaineering and trekking.
Mount Riyue, or Sun and Moon Mountain, is located to the north of Qinghai Lake. In ancient times, it was called the Red Mountain, and many legends were connected with it. Riyue is a watershed for rivers flowing to the continent and to the sea. It also divides the province into pastures and agricultural land.
The Longyang Reservoir, located in the east of the province, is the largest reservoir in China. It is located between two gorges through which the Yellow River flows.
Balong International Game Park is home to many wild animals and the landscape consists of mountains, forests and grasslands. Together with two neighboring hunting zones, Balong covers an area of 4,400 hectares. Mongolian-style tents are placed on its territory.
Kanbula Forest Park is located 130 km west of Xining. Here you can see a wide variety of landscapes. There are canyons in the western and eastern parts of the forest park. In the east, Lijiaxia, a hydroelectric power station has been built. The height of its dam reaches 175 m, which is why a real artificial lake has appeared on the plateau.
The Sanjiangyuan Protected Area is the largest in China.. It was founded in 2000. Three rivers originate in this place – the Huang He, the Lancang and the Chang. Huang He feeds many lakes, among which the largest are Zhaling (Zhaling) and Eling (Eling). The reserve is divided into 25 key sections, 25 buffer sections and 1 experimental section. 1000 species of plants grow on its territory, 74 species of animals, 174 species of birds, 48 species of reptiles, amphibians and fish live. In addition, there are settlements of several national minorities. There are rafting
opportunities in Qinghai. Here is the source of the Yangtze – the Tuotuo River. It originates at an altitude of 6621 m on the Geladandong glacier. The Yellow River in this province has many twists and turns and flows through a series of canyons. The river has a 270 km section with a drop of 860 m starting from Longyang Gorge, which is an ideal place for rafting.