Qinghai provice is located on Tibetan Plateau in the northwest of China. It is home of number of ethnic groups including the Han, Tibetans, Hui, Tu, Mongols, and Salars. Main religions are Han folk religion, Buddhism (Chinese Buddhism, Tibetan Buddhism) and Islam (Hui Chinese).

Capital city of this province is Xining. To reach it, there is a direct train from Beijing to Xining.

Near the city is the largest lake in China – Qinghai Lake.

But more interesting, by my opinion, is Chaka Lake. It is very big salt lake with lot of salt in the water and around. There is also one of the biggest salt mine in China. The lake is 300 km far from the Xining. There is a direct train from Xining with full of Chinese tourists, because the lake is very popular attraction among Chinese people.

This province is little bit like an alternative to the Tibet, because it lies on Tibetan Plateau in high altitude (2000 – 3000 m) with Tibetan ethnics living here.

My very good experience was hiking and camping in Animaqing mountain (Anymachen, Amne Machin). Location of the mountain: 34.799514 99.465086 (GPS coordinates).

This mountain is holy for Tibetan people and is regarded as one of twenty-one holy mountains in whole Tibet. Tibetan people do not climb on the peaks, but hiking and praying around the main peaks.

In Xiadawu village is the Animaqing Tibetan Culture Center with Buddhist Temple and Tibetan Buddhist School and dorm. We slept one night in school dormitory.

How to reach Animaqing holy mountain from Xining:

  1. By Bus from Local Bus station in Xining to Dawu town (大武). Bus station in Xining: 36.607957 101.75884 (GPS coordinates. Roughly.)
  2. Hitch-hike to Xueshan village (雪山乡).
  3. Trek to Animaqing holy mountain.

or:

  1. By Bus from Local Bus station in Xining to Huashixia town.
  2. Hitch-hike to Xiadawu village.
  3. Trek to Animaqing holy mountain.

I am not sure about Second variant from Xining. We took first variant from Xining. By second variant, we went by hitch-hike back to Xining.

 

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Xining railway station.

 

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Xining, square in front of the railway station.

 

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Xining, square in the city centre.

 

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Xining, night city view, near railway station.

 

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Xining, Mosque in the night.

 

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Qinghai Lake, the largest lake in China.

 

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Country in Qinghai provice in altitude around 3000 meters above sea level.

 

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Chaka Salt Lake. Altitude 3,059 meters. 300km from Xining.

 

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Chaka Salt Lake. All salt around. Train as a tourist attraction.

 

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Chaka Salt Lake. Lot of Chinese tourists.

 

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Chaka Salt Lake. People walking in the water.

 

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Chaka Salt Lake.

 

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Chaka Salt Lake. Statues built from the salt.

 

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Xining local bus station. Waiting for bus to Dawu (Animaqing holy mountain).

 

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Bus to Dawu (Animaqing holy mountain).

 

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Country in Qinghai provice. View from the bus.

 

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Small town Dawu.

 

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Xueshan village, closed to Animaqing holy mountain. Free Buddhist accommodation.

 

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Trekking near Animaqing holy mountain.

 

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Trekking near Animaqing holy mountain.

 

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Highway construction. Rapid development is visible in whole China.

 

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Trekking to Animaqing holy mountain.

 

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Animaqing holy mountain. Info board.

 

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Animaqing holy mountain. Group of yaks.

 

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Camping near Animaqing holy mountain.

 

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Animaqing holy mountain.

 

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Animaqing holy mountain.

 

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Animaqing holy mountain. View of main peaks.

 

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Animaqing holy mountain. View of main peaks and construction of highway.

 

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Animaqing holy mountain, Holy peak.

 

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Damxung Glacier in Animaqing holy mountain. Info board.

 

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Damxung Glacier in Animaqing holy mountain.

 

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Damxung Glacier in Animaqing holy mountain.

 

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Animaqing Tibetan Culture Center (Buddhist Temple and School) in Xiadawu village.

 

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Animaqing Tibetan Culture Center (Buddhist Temple and School) in Xiadawu village.

 

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Animaqing Tibetan Culture Center (Buddhist Temple and School) in Xiadawu village.

 

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Inside the Tibetan Buddhist School.

 

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Xiadawu village (Tibetan village) near Animaqing Tibetan Culture Center.

 

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Buddhist prayer flags.

 

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Old Tibetan man.

 

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Village with restaurants on local highway.

 

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Village with restaurants on local highway.

 

=== Knaper ===

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