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Visit Qinghai Tibetan Inhabited Area

Qinghai Province is the biggest Tibetan inhabited area next to the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR). Located mostly on the Qinghai-Tibet plateau, the province has long been a melting pot for a number of ethnic groups including the Han, Tibetan, Hui, etc. The Tibetans reach 1,400,000, accounting for 1/4 of the whole population of Qinghai. They almost cluster together in Hainan, Huangnan, Guoluo, Yushu, Haixi, and Haibei Tibetan Autonomous Prefectures.

The Tibetans in Qinghai Province all believe in Tibetan Buddhism. That’s why there are about 530 lamaseries here, many of which are famous for their profound history and grand construction. The fresco paintings on the wall are extremely delicate and artistic.

Animal husbandry contributes to Qinghai’s economy the most. Local herdsmen are often experienced and very friendly. Owning to the fertile earth, local livestock is strong and healthy. During grazing season, you can see flocks of cattle and sheep wandering on the green grassland casually under the sapphire sky. What a picture!
 

Map of Qinghai Tibetan Inhabited Area

Map of Qinghai Tibetan Inhabited Area
 

Although Qinghai is one of the most popular tourist provinces, some areas and scenic spots in Qinghai are off-limits to foreigners, because its reception capacity is relatively weak, 
 

1. Opened cities and counties in Qinghai Province
Xining City, Huangzhong County, Pingan County, Ge’ermu City, Gonghe County, Gangcha County, Guide County, Ledu County, Dulan County, Wulan County, Maduo County, Jianzha County, Tongren County, Xinghai County, Tongde County, Zeku County, Yushu County, Maqin County, Jiuzhi County, Chengduo County, Nangqian County, Zaduo County, Zhiduo County, Qumalai County.

2. Opened scenic spots in Qinghai Province

Huangnan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture: This place is renowned as “the hometown of handmade art” in Qinghai.

Hainan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture: The south route of the Ancient Silk Road will lead you back to the mysterious past.

Guoluo Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture: There are many beautiful lakes scattering casually, like the jewelries left behind by fairies.

Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture: Its average elevation is 4200 meters above sea level. The Black-neck Crane Nature Reserve is one of the most popular destinations.

Haixi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture: The Delingha Alien Ruins is a must-go place if you are a huge fan of “crop circle”. Maybe you will encounter one alien or two.


What’s the best time to go to Qinghai Tibetan inhabited area?

The best time is from May to October. The weather begins to warm up, flowers thriving, grass booming. The blossoming rape flowers cluster around the sapphire Qinghai Lake, with thousands of migratory birds spreading wings in the sky. In summer, the road condition is pretty excellent, but you have to prepare for occasional rainfalls. 

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