Qinghai is a melting pot of Chinese minorities and cultures located in China’s west. The province has Tibetan, Han Chinese, Mongol and Turkic influences, which combine to make it a culturally fascinating region. Many of the area’s tourist attractions are to be found in the provincial capital Xining and include the Great Mosque of Xining and North Mountain Temple. Just outside Xining is one of the most important monasteries of the Tibetan Yellow Hat Sect of Buddhism. The monastery was founded in 1583 by the third Dalai Lama and houses many important religious artifacts. Qinghai Lake at 3600 meters above sea level is the largest salt water lake in China and located on the “roof of the world”, the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau.
From Xining adventurous visitors can hike to Lhasa along the old Silk Road. It is also from Qinghai that the Yangtze and Yellow Rivers descend from the Serac Forest and offer sensational views and hiking. Qinghai also has the best preserved tombs of ancient China at Liuwan and Qutan Temple built more than 500 years ago. In Qinghai province tourists are offered a unique and exotic Chinese getaway with historical and natural points of interest. EasyToBook.com has cheap hotels throughout the plateau province ready to introduce you to the “roof of the world”.
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