Top Choice Museum in Xīníng

Tibetan Culture & Medicine Museum

Exhibitions at this museum focus on traditional Tibetan medicine, astronomy and science, as well as traditional Tibetan life, homes and costumes. The highlight is a 618m-long thangka (Tibetan sacred art) scroll – th…
Top Choice Park in Guìdé

Guìdé National Geological Park

In the stunning multi-coloured clay scenery of Dānxiá Canyon (丹霞峡谷; Dānxiá Xiágǔ), this geopark offers walking trails in among red and orange hills that have eroded into other-worldly shapes. Set against the contras…
Buddhist Monastery in Yùshù

Sebda Gompa

The main assembly hall at this monastery is impressive, but most surprising is the temple featuring a huge 18m statue of Guru Rinpoche, with smaller statues of his various manifestations on either side.
Museum in Yùshù

Ethnographic Museum

This small museum has some off-beat gems such as traditional Tibetan clothing, swords and stuffed animals. If you have more time you can explore the ruins of the old monastery on the ridge behind the adjacent gompa …
Buddhist Site in Xīníng

Běichán Sì

The temple at the foot of a barren hillside on Xīníng’s north side is nothing special but halfway up the steep climb to the top you pass cave temples and shrines that are thought to be 1700 years old. A pagoda, and …
Museum in Xīníng

Qīnghǎi Provincial Museum

At the east end of Xīníng Square, the provincial museum looks like an ominous government building from afar, but once inside, galleries range from dull (government puff pieces in Chinese) to OK (historical photos of…
Mosque in Xīníng

Dongguan Grand Mosque

About one-third of Xīníng’s population is Muslim and there are more than 80 mosques across the city. It's not the prettiest, but in fact, it’s one of the largest mosques in China. Friday lunchtime prayers regularly …
Buddhist Temple in Xīníng

Golden Stupa Temple

This small temple was named after a long-destroyed golden chörten (Tibetan stupa). It's now used as a place of study by monks from Kumbum Monastery.
Ruins in Xīníng

Xīníng City Wall

One or two isolated sections of Xīníng’s old city wall still remain, the most accessible being this short stretch within a park on Kunlun Zhonglu. The wall was originally built in 1385, but different portions were e…
Monastery in Tóngrén

Lóngwù Sì

Tóngrén’s main monastery is a huge and rambling maze of renovated chapels and monks’ residences, dating from 1301. It’s well worth a wander, and you’ll need one or two hours to see everything. Your ticket includes e…