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Rivers and Lakes

Qinghai Lake


The largest Lake and one of the most beautiful lakes in China

Qinghai lake is located in the northeast of the Qinghai-tibet Plateau.Between 36°32' -- 37°15' n latitude and 99°36' -- 100°47' e longitude. At ancient times, Qinghai Lake was called “Blue sea” for its vastness and clearness. 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.
 
General Information
 
Location: 150km northeast to Xining, the capital of Qinghai Province.
 
Covering area: around 4500 km²(1111974 acres)

Altitude around 3250m and surrounded by big mountains with altitude 3600-5000m.
 
Total 360 km to take a full ride circle around Qinghai Lake shore line.
 
 
Attractions you can not miss in Qinghai Lake
 
Mirror-like water
Every visitor will be marveled at how clear the water in Qinghai Lake is. That is because rivers flow into Qinghai Lake is mostly supplied by the melting water from the snowy mountains. Compared to the other fresh water lakes which are supplied by rainfall or rivers with a lot of sand, Qinghai Lake is much more clearer.
 
Canola flower sea in Qinghai
Qinghai lake Canola flower is the last blooming Canola flower in China, is also the longest Canola flower sea, flowering from June to October, as long as 5 months. At that time, Qinghai Lake has a magnificent scenery of Canola flower sea. Visitors are like walking in paintings.

Bird island
Qinghai lake bird island is a top bird reserves in China. Although it is temporarily closed due to the ecological environment protection of Qinghai lake, tens of thousands of birds can still be seen in large and small bird habitats in Qinghai lake area like Black-necked Crane bareheaded goose,brown-headed gull, cormorant, sea gull flock.It is the home to many endangered bird species especially migratory birds fly from overseas. The best to see birds in Qinghai Lake is May.

Erlangjian Scenic Area

AbsolutePanda Guide information

Best time to visit Qinghai Lake: July and August for warm weather and vast canola sea around the lake. May is the best time for visiting the bird island.


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