Attraction Highlight – Qinghai Lake, China



  • With beautiful scenery and majestic greenery, China’s Qinghai Lake is worth a visit if you are looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.

    Attraction Highlight – Qinghai Lake, China

    With beautiful scenery and majestic greenery, China’s Qinghai Lake is worth a visit if you are looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.

    Also known as "Kuku Naoer", which means "blue lake" in Mongolian, Qinghai Lake is located in the northeast of Qinghai, a landlocked province in the north-western region of China.

    As China’s both largest inland and saltwater lake, it was formed through the Faultline of Datong Mountain, Riyue Mountain and Qinghai Nanshan in the Qilian Mountains. The lake is 3,195 meters above sea level, with an average depth of 18.6 metres, the deepest being 32.8 metres. The source is mainly dependant on the surface runoff and lake precipitation. There are more than 40 rivers entering the lake, mainly Buha River, Bago Ulan River, Sidetang River.

    Where vast grassland adorns the lake

    The environment around Qinghai Lake is beautiful and serene - vast grasslands, numerous rivers, and beautiful vegetation. The lake is surrounded by four majestic mountains: the magnificent Datong Mountain to the north, the majestic Riyue Mountain to the east, the sprawling Qinghai Nanshan Mountain to the south, and the majestic Rubber Mountain to the west. From the bottom of the mountain to the lakeside, there is a vast, flat, and endless grassland. Qinghai Lake is like a huge jade pan embedded in the mountains and grasslands, forming a mountain.

    Special seasonal scenery

    The scenery changes with season. In summer and autumn, the surrounding mountains, and the vast grasslands on the west bank of the lake are covered with lush green, while the lakeshore presents a beautiful view with clear waters and clear sky. From April to June every year, nearly 100,000 migratory birds migrate here, especially to the Bird Island, so Qinghai Lake is always called the paradise of birds.

    In the colder seasons, the surrounding mountains and grasslands will start to turn yellow. Especially in November when the winter season begins, Qinghai Lake will begin to freeze. The vast turquoise lake will then be adorned with an appearance of jade and silver, like a huge treasure mirror, shining in the sun, radiating dazzling brilliance all day long.

    Islands to visit in Qinghai

  • Sand Island
  • Once the largest island in the lake, Sand Island is about 13 km long and 2.8 km wide at its widest point. It covers an area of ​​18 km square. The highest point on the island is 3,252 meters above sea level. The surface of the water is formed by the accumulation of wind and sand. In 1980, the north-eastern end of the sand island was connected to the land to become a peninsula, and the sand island lake was surrounded by 33 km square.

    The surface is covered with gravel and no vegetation. It is a habitat and breeding ground for fish and gulls. As the main scenic spot for viewing desert scenery, the island attracts a large number of tourists.

  • Bird Island
  • Also known as Xiaoxishan or Egg Island, Bird Island is located 4 km north of the mouth of the Buha River. Shaped like a tadpole, the island’s east end is large, and the west end is narrow and long. Bird Island has a gentle slope, and the ground is covered by sand and stones.

    The island is home to more than 10,000 migratory birds from all over Asia. Each year, the birds will fly to the island in waves from April. In September, visitors can witness the moving scene of a large number of geese flying south.

    Getting to Qinghai Lake

    To visit the lake, visitors usually first arrive at Xinling via plane or train, and then travel to Qinghai Lake via a chartered vehicle or a bus.

    Bus: Long-distance buses leave from Xining Station and take 5 hours to reach the lake.

    Train: A train leaves for a town called Ha'ergai that is on the northern side of the lake. It arrives at about 5 hours later.