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Lake in Qīnghǎi Lake

Chákǎ Salt Lake

Located 25km west of the main lake past Heīmǎhé, this salt lake is a popular side trip for a stunning optical illusion that occurs between noon and 4pm daily. On a clear day, you can capture amazing photographs of s…
Lake in Qīnghǎi Lake

Èrlángjiàn Scenic Area

The closest Qīnghǎi Lake tourist spot to Xīníng, this site 150km west of town consists of a Chinese-style sightseeing village backing on to the shores of the lake. A long pier allows you to walk out over the calm wa…
Island in Qīnghǎi Lake

Bird Island

This island (now in fact a peninsula) on China’s largest lake is the breeding ground for thousands of wild geese, gulls, cormorants, sandpipers, extremely rare black-necked cranes and other bird species. Perhaps the…
Area in Qīnghǎi Lake

Heīmǎhé

Heīmǎhé is a necessary evil: an ugly one-street town in-between the Èrlángjiàn Scenic Area and Bird Island that caters as a pit-stop for visitors who do a tour of the lake: hotels, overpriced restaurants and a hoste…