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Qinghai

Qinghai is located in the northeastern part of the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau in western China and was named after the Qinghai Lake, the largest inland salt-water lake in China. At an average level of 3,000m, it is the fourth largest province in China. Additional to spectacular natural sites, visitors are fascinated by the traditional culture and folk tradition of many different ethnic minority groups living in Qinghai.

The Qinghai Lake with its salty vastness and the remote peace that it instills boasts contrasts from deep yellow oil seed rapes over the cold blue lake to the dark green distant mountains. At the westernmost part of the lake the most impressive sight is located, the Bird Island. For most of the summer rare species can be seen here in great multitude.

The southern part is strongly influenced by Tibetans. There are Buddhist monasteries, temples and Tibetan Buddhist schools and some of the best in Tibetan art can be found here, having evolved freely with minimal influence from both central government and Western commercialization.

 

Qinghai Lake

Qinghai Lake, "a blue sea" in Mongolian and Tibetan, is the largest inland salt lake in China, covering an area of 4,500 square kilometers (450,000 hectares). With an average depth of 20 meters, the lake is known for its vast expanse of misty and wavy blue water.

Around the lake is the an endless stretch of picturesque grasslands, rapes and wheat fields. Countless sheep, cattle and horses are grazinggraze under the white cloud-dotted blue sky.

The most fascinating attraction of Qinghai Lake is the Bird Island, a sanctuary for many kinds of birds, which is one of China's eight key bird nature reserves. Covering an area of 0.11 square kilometers (11 hectares), the island provides habitats for over 100,000 migrating birdsnts from south China and Southeast Asia. Such a density is rare in the world.